Cities replace citation fees with school, pet supply donations

August 15, 2019 by  
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In many towns around the country, getting a parking ticket is an opportunity to do good. Police departments in cities from across the country allow parking violators to pay for their ticket by donating school or pet supplies to local schools or shelters. In some towns, news of the program spread so fast that even people without parking violations contacted the police with donations. In Muncie, Indiana, officers had to dispatch a police vehicle to pick up contributions at donors’ homes. Their program focused on pet supplies after a police officer’s daughter noticed the shelter was overwhelmed with hundreds of abandoned kittens during the breeding season. Nearby towns were calling the Muncie police department asking for details on how they could run similar donation programs. “Nobody likes to get a parking ticket. But if you can pay it forward and give a donation of school supplies that will help somebody, it kind of makes it less bad,” said Las Vegas city spokesman, Jace Radke. Related: A guide to going green for the back-to-school season Las Vegas has operated a similar donation program since 2016, with just a one month window in the summer for donations. Parking violators between June and July have 30 days to bring in un-opened school supplies of equal value and their ticket is waived. So far this summer , the police department has collected $1,707 in donations that they hand over to a local nonprofit affiliated with the school system. “It’s reached people that don’t even have a parking ticket to pay. They just want to do good,” said Erin Vader from Olathe, Kansas, which runs a similar donation program. Most tickets eligible for the donation program are small, low-risk tickets that equal about $25, as is done so in Muncie. For the majority of the programs, larger tickets, or more serious violations that might require a court hearing are ineligible to meet the donation option– including parking in a handicap space, or in a fire lane. Via Washington Post Image via Pexels

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Armed police arrest 141 protesters over Dakota Access Pipeline

October 28, 2016 by  
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Morton County Sheriff’s Department said they arrested 141 people protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline . Officers who performed the arrests were reportedly armed and wearing riot gear, and arrived with soldiers and military Humvees. An airplane and helicopters monitoring the scene from above showed a string of law enforcement officials standing down protestors lined up on a bridge. On October 27 at 11:15 AM Mountain Time law enforcement began moving towards people protesting the pipeline on land owned by Energy Transfer Partners close to Cannon Ball, North Dakota . The Morton County Sheriff’s Department said they told protesters they were ” free to go ” and asked them to move to the south camp, which is on federally owned land. Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said it was a ” public safety issue ” as protesters were blocking roads and “trespassing on private property.” Related: Donald Trump has a yuge vested interest in the Dakota Access Pipeline The sheriff’s department reported violence and even said a woman shot at law enforcement with a .38 caliber revolver. The Indigenous Life Movement said the woman was in fact holding a prayer staff . Protesters contend it’s not their actions, but the pipeline that is illegal, and that the corporation behind the pipeline stole the land . Standing Rock Sioux tribe chairman Dave Archambault II wrote a letter to US Attorney General Loretta Lynch dated October 24, requesting the government investigate “overall militarization of law enforcement response.” In the letter he said, “Peaceful protests are being met with military vehicles and heavily armed law enforcement personnel in riot gear. Rather than seeking to keep the peace, law enforcement personnel are clearly working in tandem with private security of Dakota Access…This country has a long and sad history of using military force against indigenous people – including the Sioux Nation. I would like to think that those days are past – and that today Tribal rights cannot be ignored and military force cannot be used to suppress Indian people. But when I see the militarization taking place in North Dakota against Indian people, I am genuinely concerned.” Via NPR Images via Morton County Sheriff’s Department Facebook , Stand Against Dakota Access Pipeline – No DAPL Facebook , and Myron Dewey Facebook

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Awesome Birdhouse Tricks Drivers Into Slowing Down

August 23, 2011 by  
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Photo: Wikipedia Commons If building a house for local birds is awesome, and getting motorists to drive safer is awesome, too, then retiree Ian Magee may have single-handily invented one of the awesomest things ever. Faced with a steady stream of drivers failing to respect the speed-limit in front of his Somerset, UK home, Magee devised a way to get them to slow down, while at the same time providing shelter to avian wildlife — by building a birdhouse that looks exactly like a law enforcement traffic camera and installing it in his front yard…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Study Confirms Zimbabwe, South Africa Form Epicenter of Rhino Poaching Crisis

December 1, 2009 by  
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A recent study points out that 95% of illegal African rhino killings since 2006 have occurred in Zimbabwe and South Africa. A sobering report from the IUCN Species Survival Commission, African and Asian Rhino Specialist Groups, and TRAFFIC says that Africa’s rhino poaching crisis is far from over – and warns that the continued involvement of Chinese and Vietnamese nationals in rhinoceros-related crimes must be addressed by law enforcement in both Africa and Asia. Read more of this story »

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