Friday, December 6, 2013
From news service reports
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Indiana man convicted in 'black money' scam
An Indiana man has been convicted for his part in a so-called "black money" scam.
The scam involves criminals convincing people that black construction paper is actually money dyed black, and persuading them to exchange it for real money.
The U.S. Attorney's office in Providence says 32-year-old Alvin Pennue, of Indianapolis, was convicted by a jury Wednesday of two counts of passing altered currency and one count of interstate transportation of stolen property.
Pennue was arrested in October 2011 after he persuaded a victim to withdraw $5,000 from his bank account in Massachusetts and bring it to Providence to invest in the scheme. He is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 4.
Cemetery employees get flag-disposal reminder
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence says it's reminding cemetery employees about the proper way to dispose of an American flag after more than a dozen flags were discovered in a trash bin at a Middletown cemetery.
Virginia DelNero told The Newport Daily News that and her husband were at St. Columba Cemetery on Saturday and noticed flags were missing from many veterans' graves. She said they found them in a trash bin.
American flags are supposed to be disposed of by burning.
The diocese says it regrets the incident, and that it follows a strict protocol to dispose of flags properly. It says it has a number of younger workers during summer months who might not have been informed of how best to dispose of a flag.
State agencies investigate fish kill and pesticide link
Vermont state agencies are investigating the death of fish in an Addison County Lake and whether a pesticide sprayed to control mosquitoes caused the fish kill.
The fish kill was noticed in Fern Lake several days after a chemical was sprayed in the area to kill mosquitoes. A Fish and Wildlife biologist said the fish died from spawning stress and increasing water temperatures. An additional report by state aquatic biologist Rick Levey said the die off "may be related" to the spraying of malthion.
The area near Fern Lake is part of Brandon, Leicester, Salisbury, Goshen Mosquito Control District that sprays pesticides to control larvae and adult mosquitoes.
"At this point, it's still an unknown for everybody," said Cary Giguere, of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, who oversees the pesticide program. "There are folks looking at what possible exposure levels could be in the water from an application."
Leicester resident Zachary Saxe reported the fish killed earlier this month.
Wind turbine noise study finds levels below limits
An independent study of noise generated by a Sheffield wind project commissioned by the Vermont Department of Public Service found that noise levels from the turbines were below state limits outside the home of a family that felt their health was threatened.
The report said it was also unable to obtain adequate background noise readings at the Sheffield wind facility, owned by the company First Wind. Nevertheless, the report "strongly suggests" that the facility was working within the limits placed on it by its state permit.