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Like most grandparents, Ann and Ray Mayette would do anything for their grandchildren. So when they got a call from someone claiming to be their grandson begging for help, they were horrified.

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Unfortunately, the Mayettes had never heard of the grandparent scheme, and desperate to bail their grandson out of jail they were told to purchase $4,000 in loadable cards. They grabbed their coats and keys and sprang into action.

The Mayettes were told to call back a number that was supposedly the Manchester Police Department to read off the numbers on the card in order to transfer the money. The schemer became greedy,
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says have a problem, the rental car was in your grandson name, and because the car was ripped apart, they wanted a deposit of $3,000, Ann explained.

The Attorney General office says grandparent schemes are rampant, especially around the holidays when people are more likely to travel.

is one of the most heart wrenching scams, said spokesperson Amy Kempe. once you wire the money the money is gone. the schemer asked for money the third time, that when the Mayettes realized they were being scammed. They contacted their grandson, who was safe and sound at college hundreds of miles from New Hampshire.
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Schatz received bipartisan support from the Chairman of Homeland Security, California Senator Kamala Harris, and Colorado Senator Cory Gardner.

Schatz says while the state and local governments have been largely responsible for alerting the public of threats like natural disasters and severe weather, Hawaii false alarm scare highlighted some of the weaknesses in the state emergency alert system.

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Suddenly it October! Which means we heading into the spook season, with haunted houses popping up all over the place.

What about visiting a possessed castle (temporarily haunted, of course)? The second annual Captain Morgan presents Legends of Horror at Casa Loma is back an amazing, interactive experience that promises to outspook everything you ever experienced about Halloween.

Brought to you by the Liberty Entertainment Group, this is a very sophisticated event with live actors, themed areas and visual effects all wrapped in suspense the moment you enter the castle entrance. Legends of Horror is a theatrical interpretation of all the classic horror figures, in which the audience walks at their own pace through a 2 km trail commencing in the lower gardens of Casa Loma and winding their way through the castle tunnels and darkest spaces never before open to the public.

LEGENDS OF HORROR, CASA LOMA, 1 Austin Terrace; on until Oct. to midnight. Advance tickets are $40 online or at the door for $45. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Take a boat ride into the early history of the Toronto Islands. You be taken back on an historical boat ride across the lake and discover the real story of the murder of John Paul Radelmuller, Gibraltar Point Lighthouse most famous keeper (and considered the ghost that haunts the place). Along with other unique and fascinating stories about the Island history as narrated by Jimmy Jones, Toronto longest living Islander, this ride is sure to be a night to remember. The experience is about an hour long, dress warmly and yes, you can dress in your favourite Halloween costume if you want. Event takes place at York St. and Queens Quay, 99 Harbour Sq. Tickets are $25; check the website for additional details, event dates and times.

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Two new arrivals and the small matter of a Jingle Bell Ball still to gowhat a week this is turning out to be!

Right, before I get over excited and start hyperventilating (which looks like this through text BREATHEshakeBREATHEjumpBREATHEshoutasloudasIcan) with excitement at the fact some of the biggest acts in the world will be taking to the stage tomorrow night, let me bring you upto speed with all the happenings on our show.

Firstly JoJo had a baby! We all thought there was more chance of us having a man made settlement on Mars by 2016 than there was of JoJo having a fella and a baby, but she proved us all wrong with the birth of the amazing, and incredibly cute (immediately ruling out Bodg or I as the father), Teddy.

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If I was to give you one bit of advice it would be to listen in next week because she’s proper good craic. If you’ve not heard her yet then get on our Facebook page Capital Breakfast North East and have a ganders at her best bits of banter from across the last five days.

Ooh, if you only watch one clip then make sure it’s her first ever link where she doesn’t know how to say her own name. Honestly, so funny!

So that’s you listening on Mondaybut don’t wait ’til then my friend, make sure you’re listening all weekend. Why? Well it’s only the biggest Christmas party the world has ever seen, our Jingle Bell Ball.

Coldplay kick it all off on Saturday night and they are followed by so many massive acts that if you read them out loud the line up starts to sound ridiculous!

LookCalvin Harris, Little Mix, David Guetta, Justin Biebersee what I mean? Seriously it’s going to be bigger than a ham and pease pudding stottie from Greggs, and you can never eat a whole one of them in a lunch break.

We’ll have all the backstage gossip and live performances on Capital across the weekend, and make sure you get the app downloaded too as there will be loads of exclusive stuff across the two days. Have a good one!

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Damien Doherty of Trading Standards Service (TSS) said there had been about 50 complaints since the start of November about the purchase of counterfeit goods online.

He said the majority related to fake Ugg boots and GHD hair straighteners.

“People will see a website which says UK Ugg boots, UK GHD,” he said.

“The majority of the counterfeit websites are actually Chinese websites, you can do a ‘who is?’ check online which shows you where the website is registered, if it is China or the Far East, the chances are the goods are fake.

“While we may all think that we are too canny to get caught out by the scammers, evidence shows otherwise.”

‘Industry’Mr Doherty said the current uncertain economic climate was “providing an ideal opportunity for scams to thrive” and that TSS was “being inundated daily with complaints”.

“This is a multi billion pound industry, the reason they get away with it is the consumers love a bargain,” he added.

He said he was aware of hundreds of people who had lost anything from 150 to 5000 in fast loan schemes.

“A lot of people have lost a lot of money they can ill afford,” he added.

Anyone who has been the victim of a scam or has information about a suspected scam can contact Consumerline, which is run in partnership between the Consumer Council and the Northern Ireland Trading Standards Service, on 0300 123 6262. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read about our approach to external linking.
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Postal ServiceA few Portland residents have complained that they have been sent fraudulent money orders that they’re supposed to cash and then wire to another recipient. Postal Service. Postal Service money orders worth $1,875 on Wednesday in a FedEx envelope.

Not long afterward, the Vancouver woman received an email saying she’d been selected as a “mystery shopper” and that she should cash those money orders, take $340 for her time and expenses and wire the remaining cash to another mystery shopper.

As it should, the whole deal smelled a bit fishy to Ricketts and her sister, Linda Brindle. Brindle ran the money orders’ serial numbers by postal inspectors and, sure enough, they weren’t legit. (Note the accompanying box with postal inspector contacts if you should ever need to check the validity of mail.)

If you receive mail that you suspect to be fraudulent, contact the United States Postal Service Inspectors. The agency has a web site with more information and a mail fraud complaint form.

Or, you can find and call the closest inspectors office (in Portland, that’s the Seattle office).

“My sister is on Social Security disability and would never have been able to repay those funds,” Brindle wrote The Desk. “Consumers need to remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

Brindle discovered the intended recipient of the money orders actually lived in Tulia, Texas, whose law enforcement officials were eager to receive copies of all the correspondence. Luckily, Brindle hadn’t heeded FedEx’s advice to shred everything her sister had received.

“To shred evidence doesn’t seem logical,” said Ron Anderson, customer relations coordinator for Portland Postal District, which includes Oregon and southwest Washington.

“Anytime we can amass a sufficient amount of physical evidence, in whatever form that takes, we can build a case and have a chance in pursuing and prosecuting these people.”

The holidays usher in a season for scams. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and FBI officials said they’ve seized 350 websites since beginning to target online counterfeiters in June 2010.

The Oregon Department of Justice warned online shoppers to stay on secure sites (those with “https” in the address) and to check out Web retailers before punching in a credit card number. Confirming a Web store’s physical address and phone number is a good idea, just in case the sale goes south. But you should really background any charity before writing out a check, warns the Better Business Bureau.
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“We are making progress. Under the proposed agreement between SCANA and Dominion Energy, SCE ratepayers will get most of the money back they paid for the nuclear reactors and will no longer face paying billions for this nuclear collapse. But this doesn’t resolve the issue. Over seven hundred thousand electric cooperative customers face the prospect of having their power bills sky rocket for decades to pay off Santee Cooper’s $4 billion in debt from this. The only way to resolve this travesty is to sell Santee Cooper. There is more work to be done, but today, we are headed in the right direction.”

“(Fairfield County) has been a faithful partner with SCANA and nuclear since the 1980s. Over the last 10 years, we’ve moved heaven and earth to assist SCANA in building two nuclear reactors. There’s nothing in this sale that reaches an olive branch out to Fairfield County. The reduction of future rates by $7, I think it’s very small and it’s not acceptable. But, at least it’s an offer. The $1,000 payoff, to try to turn public opinion, is at least a gesture made. But, there’s nothing in this that addresses any compensation for Fairfield County.”

“South Carolina moved heaven and earth to get BMW here with 1,800 jobs. We moved heaven and earth to get Boeing to come here with a billion dollar investment and 3,000 jobs. But, this is a $9.5 billion investment of which more than 5,000 people just lost their jobs. This is the biggest fiasco in the state of South Carolina. I don’t know if this by itself is the solution. Summer Units 2 and 3 situation. We believe it is in the best interests of all parties to reach an agreement on this critical issue. Having certainty on this issue can act as a catalyst for economic development and it is essential for the Dominion Energy SCANA merger to move forward. The availability, reliability and cost of energy are often the deciding factors when businesses consider investing and we want businesses to have every reason to continue investing in SCANA’s communities.”
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Lawyers for both sides argued in favor of the plea agreement, saying that the public condemnation of outraged online comments and heavy press coverage is a punishment all its own.

“The public is outraged,” said defense attorney James McGowan, adding that the high profile case serves as a deterrent for would be fraudsters. “The Browns have been exposed for what they’ve done here.”

In a signed statement included with the proposed plea agreement, 62 year old Billy Brown said he left Alaska in 2009. In court today, McGowan said that the family ventured Outside to try and sell a book on living in the Bush. They have been calling into the Juneau hearings from Seattle.

The nature of the case that the family is famous for roughing it in Alaska yet has admitted to lying about residency here for multiple years could hurt their brand, as an added punishment, attorneys said.

“It can’t help their show judge,” McGowan said.

Prosecutor Lisa Kelley said she’s handled larger cases of Permanent Fund dividend theft and noted that a trial could burden the cash strapped state.

“We are in a bit of a budget crisis in this state, and it would not be unreasonable to say we need to focus our resources the appropriate direction,” she said.

The case will return to court Dec. The family must repay the state thousands of dollars under the proposal.

Billy Brown, 62, and his son Joshua Brown, 31, agreed to repay the state for dividends they received despite failing to meet residency requirements, and to serve two years of probation, under a proposed plea agreement. They also must perform 40 hours each of community service that, a state judge emphasized, may not be filmed as part of a reality show.

“By submitting falsified PFD applications for myself and my children, I stole $7,956 from the people of Alaska,
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” Billy Brown wrote in a signed statement, included with the agreement.

The father and son are among six members of the Brown family who were charged last year with dozens of counts of fraud and theft. Juneau Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg considered the proposed plea agreement at an afternoon hearing today in Juneau.

“PFD fraud is a serious matter. It’s a theft from everybody, every resident of the state of Alaska,” Pallenberg said. “In prior cases, prior cases that involved felony convictions, I think it’s an offense that deserves jail time.”

“I think there’s a high level of community condemnation for it,” he said.

The Discovery Channel series has traded on the image of remote and uniquely Alaskan lives of the cast members.

“Deep in the Alaskan wilderness lives a newly discovered family who was born and raised wild,” Discovery announced ahead of the May 6 2014 series premiere.

“No comment,” Discovery communications director Sean Martin wrote in an email, when asked for his reaction to the indictment shortly after charges were filed.

Today, Billy Brown and Joshua Brown phoned into the Alaska criminal hearing from Seattle.

The proposal calls for each man to admit to one count of unsworn falsification, a misdemeanor. The judge has not yet decided whether to accept the agreement and will take up the matter at a second hearing tomorrow.

The charges involve family members providing false information on dividend applications that some members successfully received between 2010 and 2013.

“I left Alaska in October 2009 and did not return unitl August 2012,” Billy Brown wrote in a signed statement. “Contrary to what was stated on several Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) applications, I did not have a ‘principal’ place of abode’ on Mossman Island during the years 2009 13.”

The agreement calls for charges against four other members of the family Solomon Brown, Gabriel Brown, Noah Brown and Amora Brown to be dismissed provided they perform certain duties such as paying about $3,000 each in restitution. The charges against those family members were multiple counts each of unsworn falsification and second degree theft.

Under the agreement, Billy Brown must pay $7,956 in restitution and would have a suspended sentence of 180 days in jail, meaning he would not do any time behind bars if he fulfills two years of probation.

Joshua Brown who admitted to helping family members file false information on applications online would be required to pay $1,174 to the Permanent Fund Dividend Division.
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WHEN Hogan Sawmill bench operator Steven Smith had a 50cm length of timber shoot up and impale his cheek yesterday morning, the first thing he did was to walk over to a colleague and say “check this out.”

That how tough 50 year old, an almost six foot tall bear of a man, and father of four is.

Even more unbelievable is the fact Mr Smith, who grew up at Nimbin and has worked for most of his life in the timber industry, still managed to talk to colleagues with the length of timber protruding from his cheek, before he was taken to Kyogle hospital.

A Hogan Sawmill employee, who described Mr Smith as “tough as nails”, said he was sawing an old log when the accident happened about 10am.

“The splinter came off the back of the saw and flicked up and got him in the side of the cheek,” the employee said.

“He didn have any blood in his mouth at all; it just went out the side of his cheek near his ear.”

“He is a very lucky man, or unlucky too, I suppose you could say.”

Once he arrived at Kyogle hospital and was assessed by a doctor, the SES were called to use the “jaws of life” to cut 30cm off the length of timber, so Mr Smith could be airlifted to the Gold Coast Hospital for surgery.

The Hogan Sawmill employee said they will be reporting the incident to WorkCover, who they expect will investigate.

“At this stage we are more concerned about how Steven is,” the employee said.

The sawmill notified Mr Smith wife and some of his children who jumped in the car and drove to the Gold Coast Hospital yesterday to be by his bedside.

Mr Smith underwent emergency surgery to remove the length of timber yesterday afternoon.

The doctor who performed the surgery told the Hogan Sawmill employee Mr Smith came though the operation well and was in a stable condition.

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