Texas police officer died after fall, not shooting, as originally suspected

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — A Texas police officer died after suffering a medical emergency, falling and seriously injuring his head Friday. The news, released Saturday afternoon, was a shocking turn from what authorities initially said was suspected to be a fatal shooting of a uniformed officer.Sgt. Keith Shepherd, of the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, was found dead in his police vehicle at a downtown Fort Worth parking garage at about 9 p.m. local time on Friday. The garage was located just across the street from Tarrant County Jail, where Shepherd worked, and the sheriff’s office. Police said at the time he was found that it was reported as a shooting by the first people on scene.By Saturday, officials said Shepherd was outside of his vehicle when he suffered a medical emergency and injured his head when he fell to the ground. However, he was apparently able to pull himself into his car before he died.The medical examiner said Shepherd’s cause of death was a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot in his lungs.“What I know about Keith is that he had a great reputation at the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office,” Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn said at a press conference Saturday. “He was a strong leader. He was loved. He was a great husband and a good father.”The amount of blood both inside and outside of Shepherd’s car led to the original belief he had been shot, Waybourn said.Shepherd had gone to lunch Friday and never returned, according to the sheriff.“He was found in his vehicle with blood outside the vehicle and blood inside the vehicle,” Waybourn said. “And nobody knows what happened there. And the officers that found him immediately began to do emergency medical procedures on him.”He was pronounced dead at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.Shepherd was a 19-year veteran of the force.“We lost one of our own last night,” Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter. “Sgt. Keith Shepherd dedicated his life to standing between evil and good. He was a 19yr veteran of our Detention Bureau and will always be a part of our family. Please pray for his family as they struggle with this loss and for the TCSO.”Shepherd is one of two police officers in Tarrant County who died suddenly on Friday.Caleb Rainey, 25, of the North Richland Hills Police Department, died from an unspecified illness, according to the department. They also sent their condolences to Shepherd.“As we mourn the loss of one of our own, we learn of another hero down,” North Richland Hills police said on Twitter. “Sgt. Shepherd, your legacy of dedication to your community won’t be forgotten.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Lemonade Living Teams Up With Gifted Horse And Other Non-Profits To Serve Developmental Disabilities And Special Needs Community In Los Alamos And NNM

first_imgMelissa Arias is the founder of Lemonade Living, a non-profit in Los Alamos that helps people with developmental disabilities and special needs to have more fulfilling lives. In order to help their clientele gain on the job training, Lemonade Living began operation of Rose Chocolatier, a local chocolate shop Oct. 1, 2019. By teaching people to make chocolates, bake pastries and serve espresso drinks, Lemonade Living is able to create a year-long, open-door job training program that didn’t previously exist in Los Alamos. Lemonade Living formed the Developmental Disabilities and Special Needs Roundtable to coordinate services between local organizations and fill service gaps for our families with developmental disabilities and special needs. LEMONADE LIVING News: When Arias started out, Lemonade Living was called Lemonade Therapy Co-op of Los Alamos, also known simply as Lemonade. The original goal was to utilize existing County, small business and nonprofit services to form a cooperative of activities for community members with developmental disabilities. She thought Lemonade would need to build a therapeutic riding program in order to bring this service to Los Alamos. When Arias’s daughter was young, they had birthday parties with horseback riding and fishing. One of the guests was a young boy with autism who was non-verbal. Arias explained, “In Los Alamos, people were going from having a full support staff for their child or student in the school system to having no services at all once they graduate or age out.” Families were asking, “Should we leave the hill to get services?” “Kristin is not just about riding therapy,” Arias said. “She has an extensive background in services for the developmental disabilities community. She brings together a great group of women who are very caring and skilled at being able to help young adults and kids alike in developing their riding skills. But it’s not just about developing riding skills. It’s about tapping into their peace and confidence, and helping people develop physically and emotionally. Kristin has the heart for that. She has an amazing drive, and amazing kindness. She really helps encourage the kids, so they have a fantastic experience. She has a fantastic team. She has wonderful animals, who are also part of her team. She has a great location. She worked her tail off to accomplish what she has. I hope the community will really consider going to her for these services because they’re wonderful. I absolutely love what Kristin has done! My daughter is now able to receive therapeutic riding locally from Kristin Tobias, Miranda Parga, and their wonderful team of volunteers! The Gifted Horse is a dream come true for my family, and for Lemonade Living.” The goal of the Roundtable is not to compete, but to fill gaps in service. What is Lemonade Living? People with special needs require special services, and when those services are not available, most often, caregiving falls to family, especially in small communities. Families of young adults with special needs have had to decide whether to move away, travel for services elsewhere, or go without. Forming the Developmental Disabilities and Special Needs Roundtable Kristin interviewed with Lemonade Living, but decided to start her own nonprofit, The Gifted Horse. In a matter of months, Tobias made the riding lessons possible, with the help of Ashley Armijo, of the New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding in Santa Fe. Arias had begun volunteer orientation in Armijo’s program just before learning that Kristin was ready to build her own program. So she helped them connect. For example, Doris Roberts, the founder of All Individuals First, was already making it possible for people to go on outings in the community with her day program. That meant that Lemonade Living did not have to manage that piece of the puzzle and could focus on Therapeutic Riding, the Farm to Kitchen program and a Residential Campus. When Arias founded Lemonade Living, she envisioned a program that included:Opportunities inspired by positive experiences gained by her daughter in the Living Skills program at LAHS, developed by teacher Robyn Collom.Day program including field trips and cultural experiences.Coaching for job skills to gain employment or operate a small business.Farm to Kitchen program.Therapeutic riding.Residential Campus with core activities center and therapy services. Lemonade Living founder Melissa Arias. Courtesy photo Lemonade Living is ‘making life sweet’ for others through its therapeutic horseback riding programs. Photo by Melissa Arias How Kristin Tobias Reached Lemonade Living’s First Activities Goal by Starting the Gifted Horse What happens if the parents can no longer provide the care? Arias said, “I was reading all sorts of stories with worst-case-scenarios where people with autism became institutionalized and because of their disability or certain behaviors were medicated and restrained. That is terrifying to me.” “We put him on a horse, and he started talking. His mother got so excited and emotional,” Arias said. “For a parent who has been anxiously waiting for their child to begin speaking and suddenly he’s uttering words. It’s a big deal, and a beautiful thing. And when you put a kid on a horse, these things can just happen.” Arias was thrilled. “If there’s a part of the project that someone can just run with, I’m thrilled. She accomplished it on her own, and in an amazing time frame. It feels like a great success for us. She just made that whole part of the plan come together by making it her own. As the Roundtable of service providers grows, it’s blossoming into a wonderful thing. The Gifted Horse is a huge part of that.” The mission of Lemonade Living is to enrich and empower the lives of young adults with developmental disabilities. The Lemonade Board of Directors began work to make the riding program a reality. Laura Tietjen, then secretary of Lemonade Living’s Board of Directors, met Kristin Tobias and knew that she could be the one. Laura invited Kristin to interview at a board meeting. The members of the board were excited to learn that Kristin has a background in ABA Therapy and Developmental Disabilities Case Management in New Mexico. And Kristin shared that building a therapy riding program is her dream and passion.center_img “Many smaller organizations offering services are often founded by a parent. People who light up when you tell them about what you’re trying to do usually are people who have a loved one with special needs,” Arias said. “That’s where the understanding comes from.” At Rose Chocolatier, there are all kinds of jobs that require attention to detail, such as measuring ingredients for pastry production, folding cake and cupcake boxes, applying stickers and bows, and most certainly, the details and art of chocolatiering. Arias said, “Every job there needs to be done carefully and well.” She said, “Frankly, in many businesses there are jobs that are very important, but sometimes tedious and time consuming. Most people might be tempted to rush through those duties or not give them the care that they deserve. But an employee with autism or other developmental disability often excels at this type of task due to greater attention to detail and interest in doing a meticulous job. There’s huge value there.” Roundtable members include All Individuals First, Family Strengths Network, The Gifted Horse, Global Hydranencephaly Foundation, Lemonade Living, Los Alamos Makers, Los Alamos Public Schools and The Family YMCA. Individuals with special needs bring real value to businesses For more information on the skills that individuals with special needs bring to the workforce, read the article, “Hiring those with disabilities isn’t charity, it’s good business,” by Caitie Burkes, in the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report. A participant in the therapeutic horseback riding program at Lemonade Living. Photo by Melissa Arias “We’re hoping to encourage businesses to offer jobs to individuals with developmental disabilities,” Arias said. “Business owners may not completely understand the value of employing people with developmental disabilities, especially in terms of attendance and attention to detail.” The motto of Lemonade Living is “making life sweet”. Because of the experience at the birthday party, Arias knew that therapeutic horseback riding was an important ingredient. But she didn’t know how it was going to come about. The Gifted Horse is at 650 North Mesa Road, Lot 15/16 in Los Alamos. For information, call 505.709.8444 and visit https://www.facebook.com/LosAlamosEquestrainNonprofit/. For information about Lemonade Living, call 505.695.2792, email [email protected] or visit https://www.lemonadeliving.org/. According to Arias, people with developmental disabilities possess skills that are often overlooked by employers searching for the most “highly qualified” candidate. When Arias’s daughter with special needs left the school system they were faced with the tough decision of staying in Los Alamos or leaving to get the services. There were programs in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Texas that were possibilities. But they wanted to stay in Los Alamos. That’s when she decided to take it upon herself to build up the services here in Los Alamos. And when she did, she was pleasantly surprised to find out that she was not alone. People with special needs, especially autism, is a growing segment in our population. Families have a desire for quality services, and they usually feel the need to be a part of it. “Having a job is not just about money, but about having a purpose and place in the community. There are young people who work at places such as Smith’s or the Reel Deal Theater. There are some ongoing jobs in the community. And there are temporary jobs that are provided through an IEP with the school. The problem is that these job opportunities are very limited, and they might not be ongoing.” Several local nonprofits are working together to serve this growing segment of the population. “At some point, when you’re aging, you need a backup plan,” Arias said. “I realized that it was arrogant to think that I could do it all on my own.” The Gifted Horse offers therapeutic riding, day camps, and private lessons at the North Mesa Stables, 650 North Mesa Road, Lot 15/16. This transition was devastating for many, including her daughter. When she started collaborating with other organizations, she found that other people shared similar goals for the community. Most important, the programs needed to fill service gaps in Los Alamos, that affect families from the moment students age out of high school until the time they become senior citizens. Photo by Melissa Ariaslast_img read more

BBC ships Tembikai topside

first_imgThe heavy topside and its flare boom were loaded onboard the 14,800 dwt vessel BBC Amber, which has a lifting capacity of 800 tonnes, from a barge in Ingleside, Texas.After the long voyage to Malaysia, the topside was discharged at the Tembikai offshore oilfield, located approximately 150 km east of Terengganu, through a 90 degree double banking operation onto the installation crane vessel SK2000.SapuraKencana subsidiary TL Offshore contracted BBC for the transport and installation of the central processing platform.  www.bbc-chartering.comlast_img read more

2020 Vespa Racing Sixties edition launched in Malaysia – From RM19,100

first_imgTo complete the whole ‘Racing Sixties’ package, Vespa Malaysia is also offering a range of streetwear and colour-matching helmets. These include t-shirts, sweatshirts, and many more. For those who are interested, the Vespa Sprint variant is priced at RM19,100 while the GTS model will set you back at RM31,400 (prices excluding road tax & insurance).Vespa 946 Christian Dior – the ultimate symbol of two-wheel luxury–Ads– Didi Resources, the official distributor of the Vespa brand here in Malaysia, has officially launched its latest 2020 Vespa Racing Sixties special edition. Two models are up for grabs, which are the Vespa Sprint 150 ABS and the Vespa GTS 300 Super.Inspired by the gentleman rider’s race of the 1960s, the Vespa Racing Sixties special edition combines the premium-ness of the brand together with competition-inspired façade from the golden days of two-wheel racing.According to Mr Rewi Hamid Bugo, Chairman Didi Resources Sdn Bhd, “Vespa is one of the most sought-after lifestyle scooters in Malaysia.  The Vespa brand is an expression of a unique and distinctive lifestyle, and its timeless success is tied to its extraordinary history and iconic growth and the 60s were a legendary period in the history of racing.”“Featured competitions where performance and agility went hand in hand with the class and elegance of the vehicles and riders. It is those elegant sports values that inspire the new Vespa special series, comprising the new Vespa GTS Super 300 and Vespa Sprint 150 “Racing Sixties,” added Mr Rewi.The Vespa Sprint Racing Sixties edition comes with the new white/red as well as the yellow/green graphics, new seat, gold 12-inch wheels, and powered by a 150cc single-cylinder i-Get engine that produces around 12.7hp at 7,750rpm and 12.8Nm of max torque at 6,500rpm.As for the GTS variant, this beauty comes ready with a smooth yellow/green colour scheme (also the red/white option) and is also further amplified with golden 12-inch wheels, new seat, and of course, the powerful 278cc Piaggio HPE single-cylinder engine that punches out 22.7hp at 8,500rpm and 25.6Nm of max torque at 5,500rpm.Matte black details can be found on both models to further increase its ‘premium-ness’ and sportiness from its passenger grab handle, footrests, front & rear light covers, silencer cover, side mirrors, base instrument cluster base, and shield trim. The GTS gets an additional blacked-out crest on its front mudguard.last_img read more

Alaska Airlines Offers Early Boarding For Flyers Wearing Holiday Sweaters

first_imgNatalie Bowman, managing director of marketing and advertising at Alaska Airlines: “This time of year, we consider ourselves the ‘merrier carrier,’ so we love going above and beyond to help our guests embrace the fun, festive side of flying during the holidays. Whether you’re heading home to celebrate tradition or jetting off to a sunny destination to escape the cold, we recognize your journey begins with us, and we’re happy to make your travels even brighter any way we can.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享In celebration of National Ugly Holiday Sweater Day, Alaska Airlines guests who wear their festive holiday sweaters to the airport on Friday, December 21 can board their flight early. It only applies to holiday sweaters, on December 21, on Alaska and Horizon Air flights. This is the second year Alaska Airlines and its employees have embraced National Ugly Holiday Sweater Day, hoping to “bring joy to travelers during the busy holiday travel season”. Passengers are encouraged to tweet photos and videos of themselves getting into the holiday spirit with the hashtags #UglySweaterDay and #iFlyAlaska.last_img read more