‘Heartless’ driver killed dog

‘Heartless’ driver killed dog

“I ran over to the dog as she laid still in the road with blood coming from her mouth,” DeCosta, 21, of Norton, said. “I took my long sleeve off and wrapped her in it and picked her up and brought her to the driveway where she took her last breathe in my arms.”The owner of the dog, Consuelo Howard, and family friends are now hoping for justice.”She was loved the way any mother could ever love their daughter,” Howard told The Enterprise. “She was the life of this house and the bringer of love and joy every time I walked into the door. Her loss has broken this home and I can’t help but feel completely robbed. I lost a piece of my home and I lost a piece of my heart.”Zara, who was adopted by Howard in June, was rescued from Alabama. on Pleasant Street, near South Elm Street. The three dogs escaped two fenced in areas and the other two were located and returned to a different owner, who had also been watching Zara.The West Bridgewater Police Department was notified about the crash and is investigating.”The operator, according to witnesses, did slow down and look to see what they may have hit, but left prior to police response or any notification,” Police Chief Victor Flaherty told The Enterprise. “Having dogs myself, I find it sad anyone that struck an animal didn’t stop not only is it the right thing to do, it is the law.”Flaherty said it is required by law that a driver stop and notify police or the owner or custodian of a dog or cat who is hit and injured or killed.”The operator of a motor vehicle that strikes and injures or kills a dog or cat shall forthwith report such an accident to the owner or custodian of said dog or cat or to a police officer in the town wherein such accident has occurred,” Section 80H of Massachusetts General Law states.The penalty a driver faces for fleeing such a crash is a fine up to $50.Anyone who witnessed the crash or may have any information about the silver Audi, which may have fled into Bridgewater, is asked to contact police at 508 586 2525.”I think anyone who takes off after hitting an animal, let alone someone’s pet, is heartless and a disgrace to humanity,” DeCosta said. “Karma will come back around and he should feel horrible for the fact that he didn’t have the decency to stop and be a kindhearted human being towards a helpless animal who he unfortunately ended up killing.”Howard said she was thankful that DeCosta didn’t let Zara die alone.”I just want justice for Zara,” Howard said. “The sweetest puppy a mother could ask for. She was my little sunshine and I would love nothing more than to sing her to sleep one more time.”
'Heartless' driver killed dog

‘Duck Dynasty’ Robertson women launch line of Dooney Bourke camo handbags

‘Duck Dynasty’ Robertson women launch line of Dooney Bourke camo handbags

The “Duck Dynasty” Robertson women are bringing a line of duck camo Dooney Bourke handbags to market. Saturday (May 9) in the Dillard’s at Lakeside Shopping Center.

The collection includes seven styles ranging in cost from $218 to $348, according to a Dooney Bourke news release. Other product launch personal appearances by various Robertson women this weekend are scheduled for Dillard’s stores in Texas and Mississippi.

Here’s an edited email Q with some of the Robertsons, including Korie, who will not appear here but will participate with Jessica and Sadie Robertson in the Texas in stores:

Q: How did this line come about?

Korie Robertson: I’ve always loved and admired Dooney Bourke bags and felt a special affinity for them since their logo is a duck. We reached out to them about the idea of doing a line together and they had a camouflage duck pattern that they had developed but never really used. It seemed like it was meant to be!

Is this the first public event you’ve done for the product? If not, what’s the reaction been like at earlier events you’ve done?

Korie: This is the first, but the reaction on social media has been awesome. It has been so fun to see women all over the country tweeting about their Robertson Women Dooney Bourke Bags.

Missy Robertson: This is the first public event we have done regarding our Dooney Bourke line of purses, and I for one am super excited about it! These bags are fabulous, and I can’t wait to hear from some other D lovers about how they feel about the Robertson women’s line.

Miss Kay Robertson: This is my first time to do an event for the purse, and I’m excited. A lot of my friends are impressed with the purses, and I like to show mine off. They think it’s really neat that the “Duck Dynasty” girls are doing a nice line like this together.

What kind of reaction do you get from fans you meet unrelated to events like this? What’s the strangest/funniest question you’ve heard from a fan about the “Duck Dynasty” men?

Korie: We feel very loved and supported by the people who follow us and watch our show. We get a lot of questions about the beards: “Do we like them?” “How do they take care of them?” And, of course: “What’s the strangest thing our men have ever found in their beards?”

Lisa Robertson: I am fairly new to the show so I am not as well known, but Alan gets recognized and the fans tell us how much they love the show and what a great impact it’s having on their family and families around the country. We also wrote a book, and we get great feedback on how open and honest our book is. Everyone wants to know why Alan doesn’t have a beard. He was in ministry for 25 years and the little ladies at church didn’t like him having hair on his face so he kept it shaved. This lady doesn’t like hair on his face, either. So he does it for the ladies! Especially his own!

Miss Kay: My fans just want to know all about the Robertsons, the whole family. They tell me they relate to our family because we are so real. The strange question: “What animals have been found in Phil’s beard over the years?” The answer is a lizard, a mouse, and that’s all I can recall at this time.

Do you sometimes wish you could transcend the camo motif? It’s a big part of your lives, especially for the men in the family. But do you ever think, “A solid would be nice every now and again.” Or, “Plaid would be a good change of pace.”

Korie: I love that camo has become a big part of fashion today. There are so many ways you can do camo that are fun and fashionable. Of course, we do wear much more than just camo and we plan on continuing our line with Dooney with other designs that represent who we are and what we love.

Missy: Absolutely! I can honestly say I have never been a fan of camo. I’ve tried to wear it a few times in support of my husband’s lifestyle,
'Duck Dynasty' Robertson women launch line of Dooney Bourke camo handbags
but I quickly found an excuse to discontinue it, like “Goodness, I have no idea where that shirt went. Maybe I just wore it out and had to throw it away.” However, when I saw Dooney Bourke’s version of the duck camo, I immediately fell in love! I’ll admit, my level of expectation for this pattern was very low, but I am so pleased with them, and I haven’t carried another purse since we received our samples.

Lisa: We do mix up our colors a lot but it is hard to get those guys out of their comfort zone when it comes to clothing. Each guy has his own style and preference, and they really aren’t into what is “in” or trendy!

Miss Kay: Phil’s worn camouflage since I started dated him. If he wasn’t in camouflage, I’d think something was wrong with his head. What was your first reaction when you saw it?

Korie: I loved it! It feels fun and unique, but still very functional and classic. Camo has become a neutral in fashion today that you can almost wear it with anything.

Miss Kay: “Oh, look, ducks on a fancy purse! I’ll take two, please.”

What’s an item you carry in your purse that might surprise people?

Korie: I switch purses a lot, so I don’t carry much with me. A wallet, sunglasses and a bag that has lip gloss, Carmex, hand lotion and Altoids that can be moved from purse to purse easily.

Missy: I am ready to admit that I now carry reading glasses with me at all times. I seem to need them for most all restaurant menus and to read my Bible. My D purse has a perfect little pocket for them, so they are always quick and handy, and I never have to search for them.

Lisa: Someone just recently gave me a half dollar coin that was made the year my dad was born. I commented in our book “A New Season” that his eyes were the size of half dollars. It’s sentimental to me so I keep it in my purse because I love seeing it every time I look into my purse.

Miss Kay: I carry action figures or a little toy animal in case one of my grandkids or a child nearby needs to be entertained.

The purse is a very practical accessory. Would the “Duck Dynasty” men ever carry man purses? And if so, what would they carry in them? (I know if I carried one I would always have a Sam’s Club rotisserie chicken in it, among other items.)
'Duck Dynasty' Robertson women launch line of Dooney Bourke camo handbags

‘Compulsion to have expensive handbags’ lands woman in prison

‘Compulsion to have expensive handbags’ lands woman in prison

Praepitcha Smatsorabudh would buy designer handbags from department stores, then return fake versions she had specially made in China and Hong Kong. Most of the real bags she would sell on Instagram and eBay.

Prosecutors say she also kept dozens or perhaps hundreds of high end bags for herself. She did it all, according to court documents, “because of her compulsion to have expensive handbags.”

Smatsorabudh, a preschool teacher from Arlington County, was arrested in June and sentenced Wednesday (Dec. 21) to 33 months in prison by a federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia. Maxx stores in 12 states, using 16 different credit cards. At one point, she was the company’s biggest online customer in the world. Maxx was able to identify at least 226 fake handbags Smatsorabudh returned. Neiman Marcus found 10 more.

The scheme cost the two department stores over $400,000 in fraudulent returns. Attorney Kellen Dwyer argued, some of the knockoff bags she returned were likely resold to customers who paid top dollar.

Some buyers have also claimed that Smatsorabudh,
'Compulsion to have expensive handbags' lands woman in prison
41, sold them bags online that designer stores confirmed were well made fakes.

But defense attorney Nina Ginsberg said her client’s behavior was fueled by trauma, not greed. Smatsorabudh, who grew up in Thailand, Ginsberg said, was physically and emotionally abused by her parents.

Smatsorabudh apologized profusely Wednesday for her crime. She was convicted of wire fraud. “What I did was so wrong,” she said. “I deserve to be in jail.”

Along with her sentences, she agreed to pay $403,250 in restitution. When she is released, Smatsorabudh will almost certainly be deported to Thailand, both parties agreed. She was in the United States legally but is not a citizen.
'Compulsion to have expensive handbags' lands woman in prison

‘buying a fake bag isn’t a joke’

‘buying a fake bag isn’t a joke’

ROME Italy is cracking down on counterfeiters of designer goods as it seeks to protect its fashion industry.

The police say that last year they increased by 63 percent the number of hours devoted to fighting counterfeiting and in December confiscated 974 tons of goods in 153 raids. Buyers of products like fake Prada handbags can be fined as much as E10,000, or $12,100, since a law change in April.

“Italy was always the black sheep now it’s becoming an example for other countries,” Agostino Ropolo, chief executive in Italy for LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, said in an interview in Milan. His company is leading an alliance of 50 brands to develop measures against counterfeiting.

In Venice and Florence, posters highlighting “bad bags” warn tourists against buying fakes. Custom officials in Rome plan to open a museum of copied goods to educate the public this month. The sale of knockoffs has contributed to a loss of 80,000 jobs in the industry since 2001, according to a trade association, Sistema Moda Italia, based in Milan.

“People should realize that buying a fake bag isn’t a joke,” Robert Polet, chief executive of Gucci Group, said in an interview in Milan. “It’s a serious business connected to the wrong side of life. It damages considerably the brands that are being copied because of the disastrous quality.”

A Milan prosecutor, Luigi Orsi, has turned up evidence of the involvement of organized crime in the counterfeiting trade in the Naples region.

Italian customs agents confiscated 1.9 million pieces of fake clothing, jewelry and accessories in the first half of last year, compared with 2.7 million for all of 2004. Knockoffs, mostly produced in Asian countries, account for as much as 9 percent of world trade and cost businesses about E300 billion a year, according to the European Union.

LVMH, based in Paris, spends as much as E15 million a year and employs 40 staff members and 400 lawyers and investigators to fight counterfeiting. In Italy, the company and the police successfully intercept as many as four naval containers at ports every month, each one holding as many as 40,000 handbags.

“We are getting results,” said Vanni Volpi, an anti counterfeiting lawyer who works for LVMH in Milan. “We used to be among the most copied labels. 4, their lawyer said, a step toward curbing $60 billion in yearly piracy costs to global companies.

Twenty percent of Italians buy fake goods, and 86 percent of them say they do it to save money, according to a November survey by Doxa, a research company based in Milan. France is the only other EU country to fine shoppers for buying fake goods.

In August, aPhilippine woman living in Florence was fined E3,333 for buying fake sunglasses for E11, according to Help Consumatori, an Italian consumer information Web site.

Nine out of 10 items confiscated are sold by roaming vendors, many of them illegal immigrants who work the streets and plazas of Italy’s main cities, according to Doxa.

“You buy, you buy? Good price,” a Senegalese vendor in Rome said in broken Italian and English as he peddled his handbags on the Ponte Sisto bridge.

He declined to give his name. He had 33 leather handbags bearing Gucci and Prada labels, displayed on a white sheet to make them easy to wrap up. He was selling the bags for E30 each.

Giulia, a 20 year old student from Ragusa, Sicily who would not give her surname, said she had paid E10 to a street vendor near the Pantheon in Rome for a fake Prada handbag.
'buying a fake bag isn't a joke'

‘at a loss’ why FBI raided Lodi Parachute Center

‘at a loss’ why FBI raided Lodi Parachute Center

Department of Labor, Federal Aviation Administration, San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office and the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office.

Dause said Wednesday that agents filled boxes and bags with waivers and receipts. He said they seized documents dating back two years from all customers who went on tandem jumps.

Federal agents took two years worth of tandem jump waivers signed by customers, and as much jumping video as they could find during a raid on the Lodi Parachute Center yesterday, according to the owner.

In September 2016, 20 instructors at the center were suspended and 120 others were told they needed to undergo more training after an investigation by the United States Parachute Association.

In 2010 and 2011, the FAA issued two penalties against Dause totaling $933,000 for plane maintenance issues.

Since 1999, 15 people have died jumping from planes that took off from the parachute center. Dause said that risk is part of the sport.

“Skydiving is a high risk activity,” he said. “None of the fatalities we’ve had out here were interrelated. It’s not like everybody had a bad parachute that was packed by someone here or the parachute was owned by the Parachute Center.”
'at a loss' why FBI raided Lodi Parachute Center