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‘Passed’ bag of heroin while in custody

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Told might not be in court if ‘something went wrong’A HEROIN addict who swallowed a quantity of the drug to hide it from gardai when they searched his home, was told by Judge Tom O’Donnell that he might not have been in court if “something went wrong”. Jeffrey O’Donoghue appeared at the Circuit Court via video link, answering the charges of Garda David Boland, Roxboro Crime Investigation Unit, and was handed a 10 months prison sentence.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The court heard from Inspector Seamus Ruane that the DPP had consented to the summary disposal of the matter on the basis that the accused pleaded guilty. O’Donoghue entered a guilty plea on both the section 15 and section three charges contrary to the Misuse of Drugs act 1977. O’Donoghue, aged 36, of 44 Oliver Plunkett St, St Mary’s Park, was at his home when gardai called with a search warrant, and upon his arrest was conveyed to Roxboro Garda Station.After a period of time in detention, the accused “passed” the bag of heroin and following analysis,  it was valued at €500, in the form of diamorphine O’Donoghue made certain admissions that the drug was purchased to feed his addiction and to supply the habit of his girlfriend. The accused also had some public order matters outstanding dating back to June 13 of this year, where Garda Keith McCarthy was on patrol in the Robert’s Street area of Limerick and found him highly intoxicated, incoherent and staggering.Garda McCarthy asked the accused for his name and details and the court heard that O’Donoghue became “irate, violent and aggressive in front of members of the public”. Inspector Ruane said O’Donoghue was currently  in Limerick Prison having received an eight month sentence three weeks ago for a charge contrary to section 9 of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act 1990. Previous convictions included fines for drugs in 2007, public order matters and the possession of a flick knife that warranted a three month prison sentence in the same year.Solicitor John Devane said his client had an addiction to heroin and in the most recent past, had “his house burnt down around him,” and that he was in a better place in Limerick Prison. Mr Devane added that the quantity of drugs was just for his client’s own use and to supply to his client’s girlfriend and that was the extent of the supply charge before the court. The court also heard since the accused was in prison, he was free from drug use.Judge O’Donnell said there were very “serious aspects to the case” and that irrespective of the means, the drugs were still for supply to a “third party,” thus satisfying the charge. He pointed out that O’Donoghue had several previous convictions, 38 in total, but credited the early plea and the steps that he had taken in the interim.However, he did note the dangers and seriousness of ingesting the drugs to conceal them, noting that O’Donoghue “might not be here if something went wrong”. For the section 15 Sale or Supply Charge,  O’Donoghue was sentenced to 10 months in prison, backdated to July 30 last, when he was first taken into custody. Judge O’Donnell took the section three possession of drugs charge into consideration.For the Public Order Charge of Garda Kevin McCarthy, O’Donoghue was sentenced to three months in prison and  other matters arising out of the Robert’s Street incident were taken into consideration. The sentence was also backdated Email Linkedin WhatsApp Print NewsLocal News‘Passed’ bag of heroin while in custodyBy admin – September 24, 2010 1021 Previous articleA round up of news in briefNext articleLegal challenge to planning decision admin Twitterlast_img read more

It’s Bowers by a bumper at Heartland Park

first_imgTOPEKA, Kan. (July 17) – Heading into Sunday night’s Big Time Bail Bonds Sunday Showdown, there had been no repeat winners in three of the four IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing divisions at Heartland Park Topeka.As the season moved into its seventh event of the season, something had to give … or did it?The event of the night had to be the BillsBuilt Race Cars IMCA Modified feature.Jordan Grabouski moved quickly into the lead. He began to put some distance on the field. A yellow flag would spell trouble for the three-time feature winner as Grabouski pulled off the track with mechanical problems during a caution.This would hand the lead over to veteran Tom Charles.Charles, who started ninth on the field, kept the competition in check most of the night. That was until the last few laps.Steven Bowers Jr. began to eat into Charles’ lead late in the race. As they came to the white flag. Bowers was right on the back bumper of Charles. As the two worked the final turn Bowers took the extreme bottom and Charles was in the middle of the track side by side as the came out of turn four.As they sprinted down the stretch it appeared Charles had a slight lead as they sprinted to the flagstand. Bowers caught his groove down the straightaway. The two were again side by side.Heading to the stripe, Bowers edged in front of Charles by the slightest of margins. From the vantage point in the tower the margin of victory was about three-fourth’s of a front bumper.Brandon Conkwright hung on all the way to the finish and pick up his first Cars 4 Less IMCA Stock Car win at Heartland Park Topeka, the seventh different this season.Cody Williams raced from eighth starting to prevail in the Jersey Mike’s Subs IMCA Hobby Stock main event. Dustin Thulin topped the Jersey Mikes Subs IMCA Northern SportMod show.last_img read more

Cerro Gordo County small business pandemic impact fund money starts to be handed out

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — Awards are starting to be handed out as part of a program to help small businesses in Cerro Gordo County impacted by the pandemic. The North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation’s “Small Business Recovery & Continuity Fund” was set up to help small, independently-owned businesses with less than 25 employees.CEO Chad Schreck told the Clear Lake City Council Monday night that a committee reviewed 150 total applications and started making awards last week.   “We completed the first phase of the review process this past Wednesday and have made notification to 120 initial grant awardees this past Friday. We wanted to notify those folks before we released everything publicly. We’ve started that process and we’ve had a great response, very appreciative folks from that, again of the city and your investment in this effort.”Schreck says over $400,000 has been distributed so far.   “Of those initial round of applications, we had $416,000 in total so far awarded. $130,000 of those in Clear Lake specifically, with the remainder between the county and Mason City. We have about $100,000 in total remaining in the fund that we are going to be evaluating and determining the next steps for that.”Schreck says he feels they had a very good system utilized in trying to be as objective as possible with the applications.   “In this first phase, we really focused in on the impact to the business from the coronavirus, things like being shut down, unable to be open, loss of revenue, those types of things. Need, their ongoing expenses, fixed expenses, things of that nature. Had they received prior funding from the Iowa Economic Development Authority or federal programs, and also the impact of the grant on the company itself. Is $5000 or $3000 or whatever the amount going to play a significant role in keeping that business going.”Schreck says it’s also been fortunate to see local businesses take advantage of state and federal funding.  “One of the things we saw that was really helpful in being able to spread that money around is that we did have 45 businesses so far in our county that received the Iowa economic development funding grant program, and that totaled just shy of $900,000 in the county. That was a big boost as well that helped us really spread that impact around more to other businesses that had not been as fortunate yet. We’ve also seen a significant amount of Payroll Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Funds from SBA come through.”The Mason City City Council approved $300,000 for the program, while the Clear Lake City Council and Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors each allocated $100,000 to the fund.last_img read more