Happy pills no laughing matter

first_imgLinkedin NewsLocal NewsHappy pills no laughing matterBy admin – October 15, 2009 864 13 year-old hospitalised after taking ‘Jokers’LAWS governing the sale of hallucinogenic and other stimulants from head shops have been questioned by the mother of a young teenage girl, who was hospitalised after purchasing and consuming party pills – otherwise known as happy pills – that she was told would “make her laugh”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This newspaper was contacted by the mother of the 13-year-old girl who lost feeling in both her legs and collapsed before being rushed to the Regional Hospital, where she was placed on a heart monitor.Now she warns parents of the dangers of some products available for sale in head shops.The girl was twice refused in separate head shops before finally purchasing a packet of ‘Jokers’ (party pills containing a mixture of ketones, herbal extracts and glucose).After taking the pills with her friend, both felt immediately ill. One claimed to have lost feeling in her hands, while the other collapsed and had to be taken to hospital.Both parents contacted the Gardai, but were alerted that no legislation exists to prohibit the sale of these products to anyone under 18.It is alleged when they bought the pills, they enquired as to what the effects they would have, and were reportedly informed that it would make them laugh.Robert Gardiner, proprietor of the city centre head shop Dark Side, stated: “Consumption of those pills for girls of that age would have the same effect as drinking 10 cans of red bull because of the high caffeine content.“The effects would vary from person to person. However, a child consuming those pills would be a lot more at risk than a person over the age of 18”.Although it is legal for shops to sell party pills and herbal incenses to all ages, local head shop owners are adamant that they refuse to sell their products to people under 18.The parents concerned fear that children might be at risk from taking party pills.They are calling for legislation to be brought in to ban the sale of these products to people under the age of 18.A legal source informed this newspaper of the grey area which these products fall into: “There seems to be no legislative powers in place as these products do not fall under the Misuse of Drugs Act, which would make them illegal. They are not regulated by the Pharmacies Act, where a prescription would be required; however any of the tobacco products would not available for sale to anyone under 18”.Local Labour TD, Jan O’ Sullivan, who has voiced her concerns about head shops in the past, said: “We clearly have a big problem that is directly affecting younger people”.After learning of the incident involving the girl being hospitalised, Deputy O’Sullivan is to put a Parliamentary question to the Dáil this week regarding the legal grey area which exists.A Limerick doctor, who preferred not to be identified, agreed with Deputy O’Sullivan’s concerns.“I have seen similar cases in the past”, he said.Robert Gardiner said, “A child consuming these pills would be a lot more at risk than a person over the age of 18” Email WhatsApp Advertisementcenter_img Print Facebook Twitter Previous articleReported crime down in city and countyNext articleUnusual position for Munster adminlast_img read more

Feds: Ed Mangano & John Venditto Charged In Bribery, Kickback & Extortion Scheme

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Timothy Bolger, Rashed Mian & Christopher TwarowskiNassau County Executive Ed Mangano, his wife Linda, and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto were indicted on federal corruption charges for an alleged bribery scheme, fraud, extortion and lying to investigators.Prosecutors unsealed the 13-count indictment shortly before the trio was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at Central Islip federal court. Authorities allege Ed Mangano and Venditto conspired between 2010 and last year to use their power to back loans for and award contracts to a businessman, who in turn gave them kickbacks and a $450,000 no-show job for Linda. All three have pleaded not guilty.“Sady, we’re again confronted with public officials who have allegedly abused their positions of trust, in this case, the highest-ranking elected official in Nassau County, and in the Town of Oyster Bay, for their own corrupt benefit,” Robert Capers, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, told reporters during a news conference.Prosecutors did not identify the businessman—described in court documents as a co-conspirator—whose bribes were allegedly solicited, but he was widely reported to be Harendra Singh, the Syosset-based restaurateur charged last year with fraud and bribing an Oyster Bay official.The county executive and town supervisor helped the co-conspirator have Oyster Bay back four loans worth a combined $20 million used to perform capital improvements to his restaurants—money used to renovate both eateries that the co-conspirator was contracted to run in town parks and his own private businesses, Capers said. The co-conspirator defaulted on the last two loans, prosecutors said.In a separate alleged scheme, the county executive awarded the co-conspirator a $200,000 contract to provide food for the Office of Emergency Management in the two months after Sandy, authorities said.In exchange for the loans and contract, the co-conspirator gave Linda a “no-show” job from ’10 to ’14 at one of his restaurants, paid for various hotel and travel expenses as well as a new wood floor in his bedroom, and gave him free meal, a massage chair and a Panerai Luminor watch worth $7,304, prosecutors said. The co-conspirator also gave Venditto free limousine rides, discounted catering service for campaign fundraisers and use of a conference room at one of his restaurants, authorities said.Later, the Manganos and Venditto all made false statements to investigators looking into the scheme, prosecutors said. All three face up to 20 years in prison, if convicted. Earlier Thursday, Long Island Republican state Senators Jack Martins, Carl Marcellino and Kemp Hannon, outside the Nassau County Legislature in Mineola, called for Mangano and Venditto’s resignation, urging legislators and the Oyster Bay Town Board to immediately begin the process to replace them. Martins, who’s currently running for U.S. Congress, said he didn’t speak with local GOP leadership prior to the senators’ impromptu press conference, stressing that it was important government work continue “undistracted.” Nassau Republican Party boss Joe Mondello did not return a request for comment as of press time. His counterpart, Democratic Committee Chair Jay Jacobs, issued a statement characterizing Thursday as “a sad day for Nassau County and a sad day for Ed Mangano, John Venditto and their families,” adding that if true, the allegations “represent a great widespread betrayal of the voters’ trust. Regardless of the legal outcome, there can no longer be any doubt that ‘business as usual’ in Nassau County politics and government must come to an end. The public’s demand for honest, credible and effective government requires it.”Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas, whose office began investigating the county’s contract awarding system after disgraced ex-State Sen. Dean Skelos, a Republican, was arrested on corruption charges, said in a statement that reform throughout the current county administration has been a long time coming.“More than a year ago, I said that Nassau’s archaic financial and oversight practices were a recipe for corruption and I proposed comprehensive reforms that the Legislature and County Executive have stonewalled,” she said. “Today’s charges and our investigations underscore the importance of passing strict ethics and oversight reforms to protect taxpayers, and I renew my call for immediate action to drain this cesspool of corruption and restore confidence in the integrity of our government.” Nassau Presiding Officer Norma L. Gonsalves, a Republican, in a statement, said she and the legislature were “alarmed by the allegations, but must allow the legal process to play out. In the meantime, it is our mission to ensure that the operations of County government are unaffected and that we continue to provide the services our residents expect and deserve.” Main Art: Not Smiling Anymore: Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto (L), Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano (R), and his wife Linda (Not Pictured) were arrested Thursday, October 20, 2016 and indicted on federal corrupution charges including a bribery scheme, obstruction of justice and extortion. (Long Island Press / Christopher Twarowski)last_img read more

Rep Sheppard to lead House Government Operations Committee

first_img State Rep. Jason Sheppard today was appointed by Speaker Lee Chatfield to serve as chair of the House Government Operations Committee.Sheppard said the Government Operations Committee, which guides House discussions on a wide range of policy proposals, will be one of just four main committees with the authority to advance legislation to the House floor during the 2019-20 legislative session.“I’m honored to lead such a vital committee,” said Sheppard, of Temperance. “This position will allow me to play a key role as we craft and refine policies that better the lives of residents in Monroe County and the State of Michigan.”Additionally, Sheppard has been appointed to serve as vice-chair of the House Elections and Ethics Committee, which is responsible for considering all legislation pertaining to elections and campaign finance law.“Elections play a critically important role in our system of government,” Sheppard said. “We must continually look for ways to improve the security and efficiency of our elections.”Sheppard will also serve on the Transportation and Financial Services committees and as majority caucus whip, a job of critical importance in communicating key information among legislators.Residents may contact Sheppard’s office by calling (517) 373-2617 or emailing [email protected]### Categories: Sheppard News 16Jan Rep. Sheppard to lead House Government Operations Committeelast_img read more