Man shot by robber in University Heights

first_img Posted: January 27, 2018 , January 27, 2018 Man shot by robber in University Heightscenter_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A man was shot after he refused to comply with a robber’s demands in University Heights early Saturday, police said.The victim was sitting in his car at about 2:15 a.m. in the 2000 block of El Cajon Boulevard when a man approached him and attempted to rob him, San Diego Police Sgt. Robert Hawkins said. The victim would not cooperate, and the suspect shot him once in the chest.Hawkins said the victim was taken to a hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.The suspect fled on foot and remains at large. Police described him as a 24-year-old black man, approximately 5-feet-8 inches to 6-feet tall and about 160 pounds, wearing a black flannel shirt and dark pants. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Del Mar community faced with trash cans repeatedly damaged by city workers

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDEL MAR (KUSI) — Some people in the Del Mar community have found damaged trash cans, toppled over in their neighborhood week after week.“Over the years, the trash cans have just become broken,” said Britt Rubenstein.“I started taking them out and I noticed it was broken a lot,” said Lily Rubenstein. “I’m like, ‘Mom why is it broke?’The Rubenstein’s trash can doesn’t look functional any longer. The duct tape is barely holding the trash can together. They only had it for about four months before it started falling apart.“I’ll have to replace that again,” said Britt.So what mysteriously happened to the trash cans in the neighborhood?Well, one day Lily fired up her drone, unaware of what she would find strolling through her neighborhood. Posted: May 30, 2018 May 30, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsShe recorded video of a trash truck doing his job. The truck picked up the trash cans, but that’s not all. The collection vehicle didn’t stop and didn’t put the cans back where they were found.“They violently pick them up and throw them up and they come hurling back down and get slammed on the cement,” Britt said. “It’s plastic. There’s only so much that it’s going to withhold.”“Reckless. It looked like he really didn’t care,” Lily said. “They were literally falling over, dropping in the middle of the driveway. He was leaving before the mechanism was finished putting the cans down.”Lily posted the video on a social media site and nearly 50 neighbors weighed in. According to their posts, they all felt the same way.“It’s all people complaining about how their trash cans broke,” Lily said. “It’s people who had to buy three or four replacements. It gets expensive. Who wants to spend that much money on a trash can?”The people in the neighborhood said they are fed up, especially because they are the ones paying for these. It costs $100 for one trash can.According to the Rubensteins, the City told them it’s their responsibility to replace the damaged cans.“It literally makes no sense that we’re responsible for it when they’re destroying it,” Lily said.This is their fourth trash can, which adds up to a total of $400.“To a lot of communities out there, $90 a month can be the difference between having enough money to pay for rent or not,” Lily said.KUSI Reporter Dani Ruberti spoke to the City of San Diego and they responded quickly.The ESD Collection Services Division Deputy Director sent KUSI a statement that read,“The City of San Diego Environmental Services Department takes reports of alleged container damage and issues of safety very seriously.  In fact, our priority is safety first, second and always.  Sanitation drivers are trained on proper collection techniques both in terms of using the arm on the truck to lift and dump the container contents as well as proper placement of the container following service.We greatly appreciate residents bringing this to our attention and we are addressing this matter to ensure drivers remain diligent and responsible for the safety and the treatment/care of refuse containers.  The City’s Collection Services Safety Program emphasizes both safe operations and respect for equipment, including the inventory of containers in service.” Updated: 7:06 PMcenter_img , Del Mar community faced with trash cans repeatedly damaged by city workers Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Suspect accused of killing Phoenix in fatal Point Loma shooting arrested

first_img Posted: October 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Authorities Thursday publicly identified a 20-year old woman fatally shot two weeks ago in front of a Point Loma Heights strip mall, allegedly by her boyfriend, who has remained at large since.Patrol officers responding to reports of gunfire found Octavia Williams of Phoenix, Arizona, mortally wounded in a parking lot in the 4000 block of West Point Loma Boulevard shortly after 11:30 p.m. Oct. 9, according to San Diego police.Medics took Williams to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.Homicide investigators believe that the victim’s boyfriend, 41-year- old Joe Bennette Conway, shot her over some type of disagreement before fleeing, Lt. Anthony Dupree said.Investigators have few leads on the whereabouts of Conway, who, according to police, may be driving a red four-door Chevrolet Cavalier with Arizona license plates.A warrant was issued for Conway’s arrest for murder. On October 30, 2018, Conway was located and arrested in Tempe Arizona with the help of the Phoenix Police Department. Conway isbeing held pending extradition for the murder of Williams. Suspect accused of killing Phoenix in fatal Point Loma shooting arrested October 25, 2018center_img Updated: 7:51 AM KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Adopt Orlando Ohpelia and Oswald from the San Diego Humane Society

first_img December 15, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Adopt Orlando, Ohpelia, and Oswald from the San Diego Humane Society KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 15, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Three little kittens are looking for a forever home this morning.The San Diego Humane Society joined us Saturday morning with how you can adopt Orlando, Ophelia and Oswald.Visit www.sdhumane.org or more information. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Man drives car into hotel office in El Cajon

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsEL CAJON (KUSI)- A 62-year-old man was jailed Friday on suspicion of attempted murder after he slammed his car into a motel lobby in El Cajon, causing moderate injuries to a clerk with whom he had argued earlier, police said.The incident began around 5:30 p.m. Thursday with a dispute between the suspect and a clerk at the Budget Inn Motel in the 1500 block of East Main Street, just north of Interstate 8, El Cajon police Lt. Jason Taub said.“At some point he left one of the hotel rooms, made contact with the clerk, there were some words exchanged (and he) made some threats to come back and hurt the clerk,” Taub said.Around 8 p.m., the man crashed his sedan through the wall of the motel and into the office, where the clerk was sitting behind a desk, the lieutenant said.The clerk was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries while the driver, who was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, was uninjured, Taub said.The 62-year-old man, whose name was not immediately available, was arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide, domestic violence and driving under the influence, Taub said. Updated: 7:01 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom center_img Man drives car into hotel office in El Cajon Posted: January 10, 2019 January 10, 2019last_img read more

WISHH Continues Developing Soybean Market in Ghana

first_imgGhanaian bakers observe the quality of the soy flour breads they learned how to bake with the instruction of soy foods consultant Suresh Itapu. After having the opportunity to bake with the U.S. defatted soy flour, these Ghanaian bakers have requested additional supplies from Yedent Agro Enterprises.The American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) continues to develop the U.S. soybean market in Ghana.ASA/WISHH Regional Director – Africa Josh Neiderman visited Ghana this month to work with local stakeholders. Neiderman met with the local supply chain partner Yedent Agro Enterprises, a recent recipient of a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sponsored Quality Samples Program container of mixed value added soybean products. Yedent is currently working in the local baking, blended cereal and textured soy protein sectors as it moves toward the commissioning of its second Insta Pro extrusion line in July.Neiderman met with the local USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) post to discuss upcoming trade team opportunities, including the Cochran School Meals program and the Northern Crops Institute feed processing course. Neiderman also supported the efforts of CBI, who is conducting sales of U.S. commodities in support of the USDA funded AMPLIFIES Food for Progress poultry feed value chain development program.Additionally, several Ghanaians are scheduled to participate in various additional trade teams in the coming months, including the Global Trade Exchange in Kansas City, Mo., the INTSOY program in Fargo, N.D. and a feed manufacturing course at Kansas State University.last_img read more

Harassment conviction far from mans first

first_imgA Vancouver transient who followed an all-female boot camp fitness class through Esther Short Park threatening to “rape and kill” participants was sentenced to more than one year in jail Thursday. It was approximately his 100th local conviction since 2004.Paul David Wilkins, 43, was convicted of one count of misdemeanor harassment and sentenced to a year in jail relating to the incident, plus an additional 226 days for a parole violation. Wilkins has a string of prior convictions in Clark County — including at least 69 citations for opening or consuming alcohol in public since 2004 — and District Court Judge Darvin Zimmerman gave him the maximum sentence allowed, Vancouver Assistant City Attorney Darren DeFrance said.Wilkins was arrested Jan. 31 following his harassment of the class, and his antics prompted Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt to call for a heightened police presence in Esther Short Park. Police began a three-month enforcement push on drinking, camping, littering and other crimes in the park in March.DeFrance described Wilkins’ criminal history as “vast.”“He’s a persistent offender, and he’s typically a persistent offender in the downtown area,” DeFrance said.Since 2004, his convictions have included: one count of felony harassment; one count of misdemeanor harassment; one count of stalking; two counts of assault in the fourth degree; five counts of criminal trespass in the second degree; three counts of criminal trespassing in the first degree; one count of malicious mischief in the third degree; two counts of disorderly conduct; one count of provoking assault; four counts of pedestrian interference; three counts of urinating in public; three counts of unlawful camping; along with the approximately 69 infractions for opening or consuming liquor in a public place.Wilkins’ case was initially filed as a felony harassment charge, but that charge was dropped to a misdemeanor-level crime, DeFrance said.Wilkins has been in jail since his arrest on Jan. 31, where he was being held on $5,000 bail. His 226 extra days for parole violation are to run consecutive to his one-year sentence for harassment, but Zimmerman said that after his one-year term Wilkins may be released to in-patient alcohol treatment in lieu of serving the additional time — if he expresses a willingness to undergo treatment.last_img read more

BG schools hearing focuses on district boundaries

first_imgThe Battle Ground School District will hold a public hearing Monday to discuss proposed adjustments to its five “director districts.”The boundaries under discussion define the area which each elected board member must live. They do not impact where students attend school. Monday’s hearing is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in Building C at the Lewisville campus, 406 N.W. Sixth Ave., Battle Ground.The board is expected to take action at its Dec. 12 meeting, also at the Lewisville campus.State law requires school director districts are redistricted after each 10-year census, in order to make each roughly equivalent in population while keeping each as compact as possible. You can view the proposed new boundaries online at battlegroundps.org by clicking “School Board” at right.last_img

Local nonprofit gets 432M for job training programs

first_imgA Vancouver nonprofit that oversees job training programs and helps employers recruit workers in Southwest Washington has received $4.32 million to help job seekers boost their skills and find employment.The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, serving Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties, received the funds from the Washington State Employment Security Department.The department distributed the money by way of the U.S. Department of Labor as part of the federal Workforce Investment Act.The funds will be used through next June to help laid-off workers, low-income adults and disadvantaged young people find jobs or receive job training. “These new dollars will continue to support our efforts to get people back to work,” Jeanne Bennett, executive director for the council, said in a news release Monday.The funds arrive as the region’s economy remains sluggish. Clark County, for example, shed an estimated 700 jobs in August and posted a preliminary unemployment rate of 9.6 percent.That rate will likely be revised to above 11 percent to account for jobless county residents who previously worked in Oregon.The $4.32 million received by the workforce development council is about 2 percent less than what it got last year, when it was awarded $4.42 million. The final amount may change depending on congressional budget action, said Ashley Wilson, a spokeswoman with the state Employment Security Department.The money will pay for counseling, skill-assessment, job-search assistance and training services. The services are available through local WorkSource offices in Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties. Office locations, emails and phone numbers may be obtained by going online: WorkSource office directory.last_img read more

Weather Eye Desert heat is headed this way for weekend next week

first_imgAre we ready for summer? Weather, that is. Like the old saying goes, “Some like it hot and some like it not.” I fall in the latter category, but regardless, hot weather is heading our way this weekend and next week.Just how hot is still up in the air. I don’t think it will be record-setting heat, but 90 degrees or warmer is officially in the hot category for us. With all the remaining moisture in place when the thermometer goes up Friday and over the weekend, it could be a tad muggy.This heat won’t be accompanied by dry east winds, so we will have to endure the gradual drying out of the atmosphere. Overnight lows will be very mild, either a one sheet or no sheet bed cover at night, unless you have air conditioning. Plan ahead and have the AC and fans in good working order.The source of the warm weather — OK, hot weather — will be a large high pressure system over the Four Corners area bringing desert heat our way. It has been very hot down there, with Death Valley temperatures advertised to be between 125 to 130 degrees and around 120 degrees in Arizona.Some computer forecast models Tuesday were showing highs locally well over 100 degrees — record-setting, to say the least. But I don’t buy that, and as of Wednesday afternoon they were backing off that scenario.last_img read more

US tribal casino operator Foxwoods to target regional Japanese IR

first_img“All of the locations being discussed – Osaka, Yokohama, Tokyo, Nagasaki, Hokkaido – have their own individual charm and appeal but we certainly can’t help but notice that in some of the regional areas there is somewhat of an overlap in terms of what we’ve built in Connecticut and what some of the prefectures and communities are looking to build here,” Rappaport said.“We are a perfect example of a destination resort where people are willing to drive a little further or travel a little further because once they get there, there is a whole feast of things to do.“We know it is a very competitive environment (for a Japan license) and we also know our limitations. Are we the biggest gaming company in the world? Absolutely not. But we think we bring certain advantages that perhaps other companies don’t have.”Felix RappaportIn particular, Rappaport points to Foxwoods’ tribal roots as a good match for Japan where respecting and showcasing traditional Japanese culture will play an important role in any IR development.Foxwoods is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation on their reservation located in Ledyard, Connecticut – a remote location about 80 miles from Boston and 125 miles from New York. The resort boasts six casinos and covers more than 9 million square feet with a large range of non-gaming attractions and amenities.“Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is a community and a government of 1,000-plus members and they’ve been in the area for hundreds and hundreds of years – long before the European settlers came – and they are very proud of their community,” he explained.“They are very proud of what they’ve built but they also have great respect for other cultures so if I’m Japan, I’m making sure that, be it through museums or attractions, you build in all of that rich history and culture. The wonderful thing about Japan is that each region has its own rich history and each of the IRs that is built can have a reflection of what makes that particular region unique.”Rappaport also sees some synergy in the likely investment threshold of Japan’s regional locations where mooted figures hover around the US$2.5 billion mark – well below the US$10 billion the likes of Las Vegas Sands and Melco Resorts have suggested for an IR in Tokyo or Osaka.“We have participated in the RFI process in a couple of the jurisdictions and I think the number that we hear is more in the US$2 billion to US$3 billion range which is still a significant investment,” he said.“We estimate that to recreate Foxwoods in today’s dollars in the US is probably a US$2.5 billion to US$3 billion investment, so that’s probably not totally out of line. I think it really depends.“We are all about partnerships. We are the ultimate in respectful partners so when we come to Japan or to a particular target area for an IR we want to partner with people. We want local companies and local investment partners to work with us.” RelatedPosts The CEO of US tribal casino Foxwoods has pointed to Japan’s regional IR city candidates as the perfect fit for his company’s long-term ambitions as it explores possible international expansion.Speaking exclusively to Inside Asian Gaming at the Japan Gaming Congress last week, Felix Rappaport outlined Foxwoods’ intention to pursue a Japan casino license, noting that although he was interested in any and all candidate locations, a regional IR appears to be a perfect fit. Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Load More Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentionslast_img read more

Enrique Razon Jr tipping mass market growth of 20 to 30 at

first_imgBloomberry Resorts Corp Chairman and CEO Enrique Razon Jr is anticipating mass market growth at the company’s flagship Philippines integrated resort, Solaire Resort & Casino, of between 20% and 30% in 2019.Speaking with Bloomberg Television while attending the Milken Institute global conference in California, Razon expressed confidence in Solaire’s ongoing northward trajectory through the year, driven by both the local Philippines and the Chinese mass gaming markets. Load More “I’d say there will be more mass growth from China than VIP,” he said. “I’d say mass will be a healthy growth rate of between 20% to 30%. With VIP, three things drive it – visitation, volume and hold – so it’s hard to quantify really as far as looking forward.“But the Philippines consumer is doing quite well and based on the mass gaming market, I think that will drive the business going forward.”Razon said combined segment revenue for 2019 was on a trajectory to achieve year-long growth of “low double digits” in both visitation and volume.Bloomberry is coming off a record-breaking year in 2018 in which gross gaming revenue climbed 14% to Php50.97 billion (US$985 million), driven by 22% growth in mass table drop to Php44.89 billion and 15% growth in EGM coin-in to Php211.89 billion. Visitation also grew 14% to 6.65 million people.Razon added he was just as confident in the performance of Bloomberry’s second Manila IR, Solaire North, which will break ground in Quezon City in 3Q19.“We’re very confident in it, given it will target the mass sector,” he said. Leisure & Resorts World Corp suffers major swing to loss in 2Q19 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status RelatedPosts Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gamblinglast_img read more

Karen Thomson Emergency childcare must be flexible

first_imgWith all the legislation surrounding what working parents are entitled to when it comes to childcare arrangements, it can so often be confusing to say the least. However, an employer, regardless of what legislation dictates they must do, should instead consider the benefits of being flexible, and perhaps offering tax-saving schemes such as a salary sacrifice arrangement for childcare vouchers to help to cut costs too.I can utterly understand some of the frustration, particularly for smaller employers, because there are so many childcare, and emergency childcare, options available now.One option is working from home, and while I am not suggesting that employers should, or can always accept, that a person can work with children running around, often parents will use some form of daycare facility and work around their commitments, such as school hours and housework.But emergencies will arise when it comes to children and no parent is likely to be able to ignore the school saying they must collect them, or the pleas of a sick child, so should employers?Employers can offer employer-supported childcare facilities, for example, an on-site crèche, or perhaps get together with a group of employers to provide a nursery within a complex. This means when there is an emergency, working parents are on-site and the best bit is it is not taxable, even if offered for free.Karen Thomson is director, group payroll services at Armstrong Watsonlast_img read more

16 Dominican migrants intercepted off Puerto Rico

first_imgAÑASCO, Puerto Rico (WSVN) — The U.S. Coast Guard repatriated a group of migrants from the Dominican Republic after they were located off the coast of Puerto Rico.According to officials, a Puerto Rico Police Marine unit spotted the 16 migrants off the coast of Añasco, Thursday.Fourteen of them were transferred to Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon on Friday and were later taken to a Dominican Navy vessel.The other two, however, are being held in federal custody on illegal reentry charges.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Yes For Salmon Certified For The 2018 Ballot

first_imgVoters will determine if the Alaska law governing development in salmon habitat should be updated, something not done since statehood in 1959. If the Alaska Legislative session ends on time, the initiative will be bound for the primary election. If the Legislature goes into a special session, the initiative is expected to appear on a ballot in the general election. Ryan Schryver, campaign director for Stand for Salmon: “The people have spoken — they want every Alaskan to vote on this issue. Leaders across the state can now see how important this issue is to all Alaskans.” The Stand for Salmon initiative would restrict interference with salmon habitats  during a development project, like the proposed Pebble Mine.According to the Stand for Salmon website, the initiative would formally define characteristics of a healthy river in state law, update state listings of waters which support salmon, requires the state to notify the public of projects which could affect salmon and create salmon-protection standards developers must meet before their projects can move forward. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Division of Elections certified the ‘Yes for Salmon Initiative’ for the 2018 ballot with nearly 42,000 signatures from all 40 legislative districts, and was signed by Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.last_img read more

Soldotna Council Fixes Housekeeping Issues Regarding Mayor Clerk

first_imgCouncilman Tim Cashman authored the first ordinance to pass… Murphy wrote that the motion was needed after an ordinance in January changed the City of Soldotna Clerk’s Boss from the City Manager to Council. Council Member Cashman:”It basically just puts an ordinance that says the Mayor has the same authority over the Manager and the Clerk, as does any member of the council, because currently the Clerk and the Manager only report to the Council and not to the Mayor. This just includes the Mayor in that loop, which is really the practice that we’ve always used.” He added that it was not a change in any sort of power but the ordinance succinctly states how the chain of command works. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council passed two ordinances unanimously Wednesday evening, amending minor inconsistencies in the city’s codes regarding the responsibilities of the Mayor and City Clerk. The second ordinance was penned by Councilwoman Linda Murphy, in an effort to draw more clear lines between responsibilities of the City Clerk and City Manager. City Manager Stephanie Queen wrote a memo to the ordinance saying, “This ordinance reorganizes portions of the Soldotna Municipal Code, to bring it into conformity with the current City Clerk reporting structure.”last_img read more

Girdwood FD Calls Out Safety Concerns With RVs Driving On Pedestrian Path

first_imgNow residents are concerned over the confusion it causes tourists due to it’s construction. Visitors sometimes mistake it for a frontage road. The Alaska Department of Transportation finished reconstruction of the Alyeska Highway Multi-use Pathway in 2017 in response to safety concerns from area residents. They say they’re afraid to use the pathway because tourists, especially in RV’s, drive on it when they confuse it for the main highway. Girdwood residents have expressed these safety concerns with DOT. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Girdwood Fire Department took to social media to call out drivers in motorhomes choosing to commute on the local bike path vs. the designated roadway.  Some Girdwood residents have expressed concern over safety on the newly constructed bike path along Alyeska Highway.last_img read more

Oxford American Accepts Loan Swaps Publishers

first_img“The embezzlement was a tremendous blow,” Wittenberg says. “I think Warwick has stepped up and I completely understand the change.”In addition to Sabin’s appointment as publisher, the agreement states that the $140,000 loan must be repaid within six months, and is interest free. The magazine will use the funds to pay off several debts, including printer fees and old contributor invoices, Sabin says. The magazine also owes $28,000 in state and federal payroll taxes that went unpaid in association with the embezzlement case.“The magazine has suffered several financial setbacks over the course of its life, but the issue has never been one of quality or the loyalty of readers and subscriber base,” Sabin tells FOLIO:. “It’s always been an issue of finances and business management.”The Oxford American literary magazine was founded in 1992 in Oxford, Mississippi. It folded in 2002, but was relaunched soon after in Little Rock, Arkansas. The magazine folded again a year later but was re-established more than three years ago as a non-profit on the university campus. The magazine has a 20,000 paid circulation, Wittenberg says, with an additional 10,000 newsstand.In February, Renae Maxwell, the magazine’s former operations manager, was arrested for allegedlyembezzling at least $30,000 from the magazine. At the time, Oxford American founder and editor Marc Smirnoff told FOLIO: hat Maxwell had issued several company checks to herself by forging the name of a former employee. Maxwell could have taken up to $75,000, Smirnoff said.Police are still investigating the case and a pre-trial hearing is set for May. If convicted, Maxwell reportedly could face up to 30 years in prison. Nearly two months after its former operations manager was arrested for allegedlyembezzling at least $30,000 from Arkansas-based non-profit Oxford American magazine, its board of directors has accepted a $140,000 loan from the University of Central Arkansas, where the magazine’s offices are located.As part of the loan agreement, publisher Ray Wittenberg took a 50-percent salary cut and was moved to advertising development director. Warwick Sabin, the university’s associate vice president of communications, was named publisher—effectively giving the university direct control of the magazine’s business operations.last_img read more