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Tuesday, March 31, 2009, Volume XVII, Number 199

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Did Ya Know?... The Family Literacy Center will be making chocolate Easter Eggs for $3.00 each. You can purchase the eggs March 16th thru April 12th at several stores and businesses in Carthage.


today's laugh

Sue and Bob, lived in the mid west, and had been married years.

Bob had always want to go flying. The desire deepen each time a barn stormer flew into town to offer rides.

Sue never gave in and would say, "No way, ten dollars is ten dollars."

The years went pay, and Bob figured he didn’t have much longer, so he got Sue out to the show, explaining, lets go, it’s free to watch.

Once he got there the feeling got stronger. Sue and Bob started an arguement.

The Pilot overheard their argument, and said, "I’ll tell you what, I’ll take you up, and if you don’t say a word the ride is on me, but if you make one sound, you pay ten dollars.

So off they flew. The Pilot doing as many rolls, and dives as he could.

Not a word. Finally he admited defeat and went back the air port. "I’m surprised, why didn’t you say anything?"

"Well I almost said something when Sue fell out, but ten dollars is ten dollars."

A Chronological Record of Events as they have Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.


A. C. Loker Taken to Arkansas on a Charge of Embezzlement.

A. C. Loker, jeweler at H. P. Hall’s, was arrested last night just before midnight at his home on West Central Avenue by deputy Sheriff Chas. Funstall, who arrived on the 11 o’clock Frisco train from Fayetteville, Ark. The officer was armed with a warrant charging Loker with embezzlement. He also brought requisition papers for the removal of his prisoner from Missouri to Arkansas.

The deputy sheriff on reaching Carthage hunted up the night police and was accompanied by Officer Purcell to the home of H. P. Hall. They told him of the charge and inquired for Loker’s residence.

When Mr. Loker was roused and acquainted with the fact that he was under arrest for embezzlement, Mrs. Loker was completely prostrated. For a moment she attempted to appeal to the officer not to take her husband, but words failed her and she could not speak. She fell in a swoon and Dr. Freed was called to attend her. She is still very ill with nervous prostration and friends re at her bedside today.

At 3 o’clock in the morning Mr. Loker went to the home of Mr. Hall and told him of the trouble, stating that he must go to Arkansas with the officer on the early Frisco train.

According to his account of the trouble as told Mr. Hall, Mr. Loker lived at Fayetteville before coming here. He was a jeweler there and on leaving had on hand a number of watches to repair. These he turned over to anther jeweler to repair and return, he being hurriedly summoned here to work for H. P. Hall. Some weeks ago letters of inquiry came from the owners of the watches, and Mr. Loker referred them to the other jeweler. The next he heard of the affair was the deputy sheriff’s knock on this front door at the midnight hour.

Only one complaint was made in the warrant, but officers say there are others.

If Mr. Loker really turned the watches over to another man to return, he certainly can be accused of nothing more than carelessness, but if it is proven that they were sold, the charge may prove more serious. Mr. Loker has borne himself honorably in Carthage, and the many friends which he and his wife have made are loth to believe him guilty of a crime. The hope is for a satisfactory adjustment of the difficulty and his speedy return to Carthage.


Today's Feature

Police Report.

On Sunday March 29, 2009, at 10:34 pm, an officer attempted to stop an erratic driver, in a white Mitsubishi, on McGregor at Oak Streets in Carthage. The vehicle accelerated in an attempt to get away from the officer. The vehicle ran a red signal light at Oak and Garrison and stop signs at 4th and Main and 4th and Howard. An uninvolved vehicle at 4th and Howard had to take evasive actions to keep from being struck by the fleeing vehicle.

The vehicle stopped in the 700 block of Howard and the driver fled on foot. After a foot chase, and a search of the area, the driver was found hiding in the attic of a house, 700 block Lincoln. The Carthage Fire Department assisted by bringing a ladder to the scene. Officers entered the small crawl space and arrested the driver.

He was identified as Gelver Perez Hernandez, age 22, of Carthage. He is being held for DWI, a Class D felony, Resisting Arrest, a Class D Felony, and traffic charges.

A passenger, who remained in the vehicle, was arrested on a city charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was identified as Juan Figueroa Martinez, age 30, of Carthage.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was contacted and placed detainers on both subjects. Both, reportedly, had been previously deported.

Stimulus Czar Enlists Local Help

with Limited Resources

by Christopher Weaver,

Earl Devaney, the stimulus accountability guru, is seeing something in’s future.

"My vision here is that every reporter in America will wake up and click on this site and be looking for problems," Devaney told 130 city and county officials at a stimulus conference in Washington this afternoon. "They’ve already started, by the way."

That’s one reason Devaney and other stimulus honchos in Washington are warning officials to be careful about what they ask for when it comes to stimulus cash.

"That’s going to generate for all of us, you included, inquiries - ‘hey, why did this toilet cost whatever’," he continued. (Side note: We reported last week on flush federal agencies, anxious to renovate water closets across the country.)

Other projects we’ve covered, like liquor warehouse skylights don’t sound good on paper, even though they are mere components of larger, well-regarded projects. Just to be safe, the Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Adm. Thomas Barrett, urged state-wide officials, at a similar meeting last week, to avoid "projects that are going to look stupid or be stupid."

Devaney’s independent Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board doesn’t even have phones or offices yet, but he plans to take over the official Web site in 30 to 45 days. The Web site, which is the main medium for sharing accountability information with the public, is currently under the charge of the Office of Management and Budget, an executive branch agency that ultimately reports to President Obama. The site’s getting 3,900 hits per second, Devaney said.

Vice President Joe Biden also asked the local officials to help the administration avoid embarrassments, like neighborhood opposition to infrastructure projects: "Educate your public so there’s not this ‘not in my backyard, not here.’" Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported on local hang-ups that would delay a bridge project Biden had just praised for its "shovel-readiness."

If anyone builds a swimming pool, Biden warned, ""I’ll show up in your city and say this is a stupid idea."

The local officials are being asked to take on a big share of the damage-control work, the bill won’t pay for state or local auditors to take on those new tasks.

This Week in Scandals: AIG Pay and Bailout Dismay

by Alexandra Andrews,

Every week, we take stock of how the week unfolded for the stories we’re tracking in Scandal Watch,

1. AIG

An interesting fact: The $165 million awarded to executives at AIG’s financial products division two weeks ago represents just 0.0014 percent of the $11.6 trillion that the government has committed to combat the credit crisis so far, according to Bloomberg News. Nevertheless, those bonuses caused an uproar last week that ultimately succeeded in wrangling $50 million back from the unit’s top-paid employees. Others aren’t so ready to give in to the "bonus assault" : One exec’s very public resignation in the New York Times, in which he defends the bonuses, earned him a standing ovation from fellow employees. And Congress’ efforts to obliterate those bonuses with taxes seem to have stalled.

Meanwhile, the ringleader of the financial products division, Joseph Cassano, may soon find himself in the crosshairs of a congressional investigation, reports TPMMuckraker. (Rolling Stone offers a very unflattering portrait of his reign over AIGFP.) And New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has widened his probe of the bonuses to include the unit’s efforts to unwind its complicated credit default swaps. (Several banks, and their employees, are now reaping a taxpayer-funded windfall from those deals.) Connecticut’s attorney general has also set his sights set on AIG, after discovering that AIGFP’s bonuses actually totaled $50 million more than previously thought.

Finally, the Wall Street Journal reported that the AIG’s Credit Risk Committee, which oversaw the company’s credit default swap debacle, "remains largely unchanged."

2. Market Crisis

If the bailout was supposed to induce good behavior from banks, the bloom may be off the rose. Following news of Citigroup’s new $10 million executive suite was an ABC News report that JPMorgan Chase plans to spend $138 million on new corporate jets and a luxury hangar. And even though retention-pay rage has been targeted mainly at AIG, the New York Times reports that at least 19 bailed-out firms plan to dole it out as well.

Meanwhile, some banks are pricing their toxic assets "ridiculously high," and Citigroup and Bank of America are using bailout money to "aggressively" buy even more risky mortgage-backed securities, reports the New York Post. Banks are also scrutinizing the Treasury’s latest plan to sell those toxic assets to see how they can reap the most profit, even as some experts say the plan will probably fail.

The Treasury finally released its contract with Bank of New York Mellon, but meanwhile, two law firms that that also have contracts with the Treasury to advise it on TARP-related matters have "offered their services to private clients interested in capitalizing on the bailout," reports BailoutSleuth. And lastly, Portfolio reports that $2.5 billion in bailout money went to banks that cater to the rich and actually "had little or no exposure to subprime mortgages or other toxic assets."

Just Jake Talkin'


There are at least a couple a things that people don’t understand. They know what happens, they just can’t say why.

The scientists don’t know why clouds build up an electrical charge that eventually turns into lightnin.’ They can explain what happens from that point on, but they still can’t figure out why the charge is there in the first place.

When a small child it hooked up so they can see brain waves, the sound of their parent’s voice sets off an explosion of activity. Showin’ ‘em a favorite toy or food only activates a small portion of brain waves.

In this age of technological advance it somehow seems odd, but I suppose there is some comfort in knowin’ we don’t know it all.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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To Your Good Health

By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: During the night and mostly early in the morning hours, my heart speeds up to 200 beats a minute. There is no pain, but it wakes me up and seems to happen if I am lying facedown. I sit up and take my pulse, which is about 70 to 72. I feel my heart slowly return to normal in two to three minutes. I have worn a Holter monitor for 24 hours.

My doctor says not to worry about it. Do you think I have anything to worry about? -- S.

ANSWER: For readers: A Holter monitor is a device worn externally that records all heartbeats in a given time period. They can be worn for three or more days. The doctor sees on the recording what kind of abnormal heartbeats occurred.

I have to clear something up with you, S. Is your pulse 72 beats a minute when you feel your heart beating fast? The heartbeat and the pulse are one and the same. How are you counting your heartbeat?

If the episodes occurred while you were being monitored and did not last long, then the doctor can dismiss it as not being worrisome. He should name the rhythm; ask what it is.

If the fast heartbeats occurred at times you weren’t wearing the monitor, you need to wear it longer so that the rhythm can be identified for what it is.

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