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Man Must Continue To Pay Child Support For Son He Claimed Was His, Court…

first_imgMan Must Continue To Pay Child Support For Son He Claimed Was His, Court HoldsOlivia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.comA divided Court of Appeals panel has affirmed an order requiring a non-biological father to pay child support for his wife’s child, finding that because the man supported the child throughout his life, he is legally estopped from challenging the child support order.Shortly after his marriage to Ronnie Sheetz in 2002, Benjamin Sheetz was sent to prison. While he was incarcerated, Ronnie Sheetz became pregnant by another man. Together the couple agreed to tell people that she had become pregnant during a conjugal visit, that she would not tell the biological father about the child and that they would raise the baby together as their own.When the baby was born, Benjamin Sheetz signed the birth certificate as the father and told his wife not to contact the biological father, seek support from him or institute paternity proceedings. When Ronnie Sheetz filed for divorce in May 2014, she claimed that her first child and her other two children with her husband were all children of the marriage. Benjamin Sheetz was ordered to pay child support for all three, and he did not object.However, Ronnie Sheetz eventually told her first child that Benjamin Sheetz was not his biological father. The Adams Circuit Court subsequently entered findings that concluded that Benjamin Sheetz was “estopped from denying his obligations to (the child)” because “(t)o hold otherwise would be unjust” and “an injustice to a young man who was led to believe that (Benjamin was) his father when he is not.”Benjamin Sheetz appealed, arguing that he should not have to pay child support for his ex-wife’s first child because he is not his biological father. Indiana Court of Appeals Chief Judge Nancy Vaidik did not disagree with that fact, but wrote in a Wednesday opinion that there was more to the story.Specifically, Vaidik pointed to the fact that Benjamin Sheetz had agreed to raise the child as his own and had done so for 12 years, and had went so far as to prevent his ex-wife from instituting paternity proceedings.“Under these facts, Husband is estopped from rebutting the presumption that he is G.B.S.’s biological father,” Vaidik wrote for the majority.The decision is based on the doctrine of equitable estoppel, which holds that a party may be precluded by his own actions from asserting a right he would otherwise be able to claim, Vaidik wrote. The doctrine can be invoked when one party “knowingly misleads or induces another party to believe and act upon his conduct in good faith without knowledge of the facts.”In the instant case, Vaidik wrote that Benjamin Sheetz induced his ex-wife to believe that he would raise and support G.B.S. as his own child, leading to the passage of her opportunity to file a paternity action against the child’s biological father.Further, the chief judge wrote that public policy also supported equitable estoppel in the Sheetzes’ situation because if it did not, the child would essentially be left without a father.However, Judge Edward Najam dissented, writing in a separate opinion that Indiana does not recognize equitable estoppel, adoption by estoppel or in loco parentis as grounds for a child support order because “a child of the marriage” refers only to natural and adoptive parents. Additionally, Najam wrote that Ronnie Sheetz had not stated a claim for equitable relief because she testified that she knows the name of the child’s biological father and, thus, could establish paternity.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Hoboken Councilman Ruben Ramos calls for pause to re-think Washington Street…

first_imgHOBOKEN –Fourth Ward Councilman Ruben Ramos, Jr. has called on the Zimmer administration to temporarily halt the concrete curb work being done as part of the Washington Street Redesign to study and reassess the impact of some of the redesign elements on vehicular traffic and public safety.“I was proud to help approve the Washington Street redesign because the mayor allowed the streetscape to deteriorate into conditions which were unsafe for cars and pedestrians,” Ramos in a statement. “However, now that work is underway, it’s becoming clear that the impact of some of the new design elements, especially the curb bump-outs, is a lot more problematic in practice than it looked on paper.”The Washington Street Redesign includes curb bump-outs on all four corners of intersections along Washington Street. The bump outs are intended to aid pedestrian safety by narrowing the distance between curbs as pedestrians cross the street.“The curb bump-outs are now causing a whole different set of safety problems for people along Washington Street, both in cars and on foot,” added Ramos. “We need to hit pause on this and work with our Police and Fire Departments to make sure their ability to get around on our streets isn’t impacted by the new curbs.“I’ve expressed these concerns to the administration and was told that the work would continue. I don’t want to have another situation like on Jackson Street or Observer Highway where these kinds of problems weren’t identified until after the work was done and millions of dollars were spent. In their haste to get this done, the city has already committed a major blunder by removing the historic blue stones in front of City Hall. There’s no reason why we can’t continue with the other pedestrian safety features, like the new signage, while we rethink the curbs and crosswalks, and take the time to get this done right.”According to the press release Ramos is proposing the number of curb bump-outs per intersection be limited to one instead of all four corners. ×Councilman Ruben Ramos Councilman Ruben Ramoslast_img read more

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Ocean City Police Activity Report: Dec. 9-15

first_imgCalls for Service: 411 Daily Average: 58December 9, 2018: Sunday  Calls for service: 59 Stops: 21 Accidents: 2 Property Checks: 26 Alarms: 1     The Police Department assisted in 6 Fire and 3 EMS callsDamage to vehicle, 200 block Wesley Ave, at 11:15amOpen property, 4600 block Central Avenue, at 12:09pmAccident, 9th Street & Central Avenue, at 2:16pmOpen property, 400 block 58th Street, at 2:49pmSuspicious person, 900 block Ocean Avenue, at 7:49pmProperty check, Shelter Road, at 11:59pmDecember 10, 2018: Monday  Calls for service: 64 Stops: 19 Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 20 Alarms: 5          The Police Department assisted in 8 Fire and 4 EMS callsMedical emergency, 900 block Central Avenue, at 9:00amWarrant arrest, 5500 block Haven Avenue, at 11:12amCDS arrest, 2400 block Simpson Avenue, at 3:25pmTrespassing, Plymouth Place & Boardwalk, at 4:14pmOpen property, 3500 Central Avenue, at 3:46pmProperty check, Shelter Road, at 9:33pmDecember 11, 2018: TuesdayCalls for service: 61         Stops: 15 Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 19 Alarms: 2       The Police Department assisted in 6 Fire and 5 EMS callsDisabled motor vehicle, 9th & Atlantic Avenue, at 6:09amTheft, unit block 1st Street, at 12:00pmWarrant service, 600 block West Avenue, at 12:34pmFraud, 300 block 13th Street, at 12:42pmSuspicious person, 100 block Atlantic Avenue, at 1:37pmFound property, 500 block Atlantic Avenue, at 4:24pmJuvenile problem, 800 block 4th Street, at 4:43pmDecember 12, 2018: WednesdayCalls for service: 59 Stops: 21 Accidents: 2 Property Checks: 20 Alarms: 0The Police Department assisted in 7 Fire and 6 EMS callsMedical emergency, 500 block Atlantic Avenue, at 8:54amAccident, North Street & Atlantic Avenue, at 9:47amOrdinance violation, 2000 block Asbury Ave, at 12:31pmMotor vehicle accident, 900 block Ocean Avenue, at 3:59pmSuspicious person, 50th & West Avenue, at 5:59pmDecember 13, 2018: ThursdayCalls for service: 55 Stops: 13 Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 13 Alarms: 3 The Police Department assisted in 6 Fire and 3 EMS callsWarrant, 500 block 9th Street, at 9:48amTheft, 1300 block West Avenue, 11:41amCity ordinance, 5500 block Haven Avenue, at 12:28pmFound property, 200 block 11th Street, at 2:47pmSuspicious person, 1000 block Boardwalk, at 4:31pmSuspicious person, 4th & Atlantic Avenue, at 7:12pmAnimal Bite, Shelter Road, at 7:34pmJuvenile problem, 1400 block Central Avenue, at 7:49pmDecember 14, 2018: FridayCalls for service: 52Stops: 16 Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 16 Alarms: 0     The Police Department assisted in 7 Fire 4 EMS callsSuspicious person, 300 Bayou Terrace, at 1:26amTheft from Motor vehicle, 2800 block Bay Ave., at 7:33amDisorderly conduct, 3300 block Simpson Ave., at 10:10amCivil matter, 900 block West Avenue, at 12:12pmVerbal dispute, 700 block Moorlyn Terrace, at 4:33pmFound property, 2400 block Asbury Avenue, at 12:30pmDecember 15, 2018: SaturdayCalls for service: 61Stops: 0 Accidents: 1 Property Checks: 26 Alarms: 5     The Police Department assisted in 7 Fire and 5 EMS callsProperty check 1700 block Simpson Avenue, at 5:05amMissing person, Coral Lane, at 4:11pmAbandoned vehicle, 1700 block Asbury Avenue, at 5:02pmMedical emergency, 200 block 35th Street, at 5:15pmMotor vehicle accident, 600 block Wesley Ave, at 10:04pmPUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS The Ocean City Police Department reminds residents and visitors of the following safety tips during the holiday shopping season: Place all gifts and packages in the trunk and out of sight, park in well-lighted areas, use credit or debit cards for purchases to avoid carrying large amounts of cash, carry purses and bags close to your body, postpone mail and newspaper delivery while traveling, report suspicious persons or activity and stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. The police department is located at last_img read more

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Three arrested on several charges after LaGrange County home inspection

first_img TAGSarrestedCarroll Kelly Jr.drugsIndianaJohn MclellanLaGrange CountyMandi AllenmarijuanaMelissa JonesmethamphetamineState Road 9 WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleUPDATE: Woman arrested in July fatal crash in NilesNext articleJury trials resume in Elkhart County Court Brooklyne Beatty Twitter Google+ Pinterest Facebook Three arrested on several charges after LaGrange County home inspectioncenter_img Twitter IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Google+ (“Handcuffs” by Victor, CC BY 2.0) Three people were arrested in LaGrange County during a home inspection.Police were sent to a home on N. State Road 9 back on August 6 for a property offense, and also to follow-up on an arrest warrant.ABC 57 News reports police first found hypodermic needles in plain sight, and after applying for a search warrant, they also located 34 grams of methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana, 61 hypodermic needles, a large amount of plastic baggies that are typically used for distribution and several sets of digital scales.Melissa Jones, Mandi Allen and Carroll Kelly Jr. were arrested at the scene and face charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Hypodermic Needles, Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Dealing in Methamphetamine.John Mclellan is also being long form charged with Maintaining a Common Nuisance. By Brooklyne Beatty – August 11, 2020 1 549 Facebooklast_img read more

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Press release: PM: We will deliver a farming policy which supports agriculture and improves the environment

first_imgDuring her visit the Prime Minister will also meet with the Wales Young Farmers Club, and stall-holders in the Food Hall, sponsored by Food is GREAT, alongside setting out measures from the 25 Year Environment Plan to protect the nation’s countryside and steps to bring forward the first Environment Bill in over 20 years. This Government is committed to supporting the half a million people who work in agriculture and growing our world leading food and drinks sector, which contributes over £100 billion to the UK economy. But we also need to protect the farmed environment for future generations. Leaving the EU presents us with a unique opportunity to transform our food, farming and environmental policies so we can have a healthy and prosperous agricultural industry that is fit for the future, and helps us to leave the environment in a better place than we found it. Scrapping the Common Agricultural Policy, and introducing a simpler system which provides funds in return for public goods, like improving water quality, reducing emissions and planting wild flower meadows to boost biodiversity, is fundamental to our new approach. I want to make the most of the freedoms provided by Brexit to design a new scheme that is less bureaucratic, and does away with the overly prescriptive information farmers currently have to provide to apply for grants. I commend our hard working farmers up and down the country, and here in Wales, who deserve better than the fundamentally flawed CAP system. That is why I want to hear from them today about what they need so we deliver a farming policy which supports the whole industry. And while our proposals are for England only, I look forward to working with the Farming unions, Welsh Government and stakeholders to best serve our farmers here as they develop a scheme specific to Wales. The UK will maintain environmental protections, safeguard animal welfare and support the production of high quality food, the Prime Minister will say tomorrow as she meets farmers and food producers at the Royal Welsh Show in Llanelwedd, Powys.Theresa May will set out the government’s plans for a post-Brexit farming policy which works for farmers and food producers, while improving the environment, by replacing the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy – which awards subsidies based on the amount of land farmed – with a new system of public money for public goods.In a roundtable with farmers and agricultural organisations including the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, Farmers Union Wales, NFU Cymru and the CLA, the Prime Minister will also reiterate her commitment to maintaining current funding levels until the end of this Parliament to ensure farmers have the certainty they need to plan for their business.Prime Minister Theresa May said:last_img read more

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Mr Kipling launches £1 cakes

first_imgMr Kipling is driving sales for September with £1 cakes in a new back-to-school campaign.Running for four weeks, ‘Little treats for little prices’ aims to “drive ambient cake sales during the back to school period”. Three family-favourites will be included in the £1 promotional offer: Viennese Whirls, Cherry Bakewells and French Fancies.Lisa Harvey, Mr Kipling brand manager, said: “With 11.5% of all sweet treats consumed within the lunchbox occasion, it is important that we help retailers to make the most of key calendar periods, such as back to school. We want parents to enjoy shopping during the busy period and our promotional campaign aims to drive interest and sales during this time.”The campaign will be supported by print advertising and radio.last_img

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Steve Martin Quits Twitter to Focus on New Musical Bright Star

first_imgFunny man Steve Martin is getting serious about musical theater. The star is quitting Twitter for the time being to focus on working on his buzzed about new musical Bright Star. Next stop, Broadway? View Comments As previously reported, the new tuner, which which features music by Martin and Brickell, lyrics by Brickell and a book by Martin, is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and travels between 1945 and 1923, as a young man returns from war and uncovers hidden yearnings and dark secrets about his past. The bluegrass score includes songs from Martin and Brickwell’s album Love Has Come For You. The production will run from September 13 through November 2 in California.center_img Martin tweeted to his more than five million followers on July 6: “Taking a hiatus from Twitter for a while to concentrate on @ediebrickell’s and my musical Bright Star, opening in San Diego in Sept.”last_img read more

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Arkansas co-op announces plan to cut rates because of savings from solar power projects

first_imgArkansas co-op announces plan to cut rates because of savings from solar power projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Arkansas Business:The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association examined utility trends, heard from industry leaders and bestowed awards for energy efficiency and renewable innovations Tuesday in Little Rock. But the annual conference’s “mic-drop moment” came when an award winner announced that he’ll be seeking the state’s first utility-wide electricity rate decrease tied to savings from solar power.Mark Cayce, CEO of Ouachita Electric Cooperative Corp. of Camden, drew a standing ovation from the energy efficiency and solar crowd at Heifer International headquarters when he made the rate announcement after receiving the association’s initial Advanced Energy Pioneer Award.“I made some pretty bold statements in support of solar power when the Legislature was considering solar policy, predicting that solar could actually bring rates down,” Cayce told the gathered renewable energy entrepreneurs, contractors and utility representatives. “Today I can announce that after our most recent rate study, on Oct. 17 we’re going to be seeking a 4 and 1/2-percent rate decrease at Ouachita Electric Cooperative Corp.”OECC, which serves about 7,000 members in south Arkansas and north Louisiana, was an early solar adopter as a partner with Aerojet Rocketdyne Inc. in a 12-megawatt array to power defense plant operations in East Camden in 2016. At the time, the array was the state’s largest solar project. OECC later built its own community solar station outside its Camden headquarters, and partnered with Today’s Power Inc. on an array for Southern Arkansas University Tech in Camden.Cayce has said that solar power saves the cooperative’s members by significantly reducing the amount of power the utility has to buy at premium prices during peak summer usage.“That was the mic-drop moment,” said Josh Davenport, CEO of Seal Solar Solutions of North Little Rock, describing Cayce’s rate-cut announcement. “We hear about cost-shifting from solar, but this is savings-shifting,” he said, referring to the common utility argument that solar adoption shifts infrastructure costs to utility customers who don’t have solar power. “This is the opposite,” Davenport said.More: At advanced energy event, solar power fuels a surprise rate-cut planlast_img read more

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HSBC backs out of planned 1,980MW coal plant in Vietnam

first_imgHSBC backs out of planned 1,980MW coal plant in Vietnam FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Eco-Business:One of the world’s largest finance groups, HSBC, has pulled out of a major coal project in Vietnam, marking the latest move by an international bank to go cold on funding the biggest source of climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions.HSBC was appointed financial adviser to the US$2 billion, 1,980-megawatt Vinh Tan 3 coal-fired power station in southeastern Vietnam in 2014, but the bank declared this week that it is not involved in the project.Vinh Tan 3 is a planned part of a huge coal power complex in the Vinh Tan, Bình Thuan province of Vietnam, which is projected to produce 12 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, and generate 11 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.The news emerged via a response from the bank to an opinion editorial headlined “HSBC lags as finance cleans up on Asian energy,” written for Asia Times by Munira Chowdhury, an analyst for Australia-based finance pressure group Market Forces, and published on Wednesday. The story was updated, with the footnote from Asia Times stating that HSBC had told the publication that it has “no involvement at all in the Vinh Tan 3 project – including as financial adviser, funding arranger or prospective lender.”Standard Chartered Bank, a major British rival of HSBC’s with a significant presence in Asia, announced in December that it had quit funding deals for a number of coal plants in Southeast Asia, which Eco-Business understands to be Vinh Tan 3, as well as Vung Ang 2 in Vietnam and Java 9 and 10 in Indonesia.StanChart’s announcement came six months after all three of Singapore’s and Southeast Asia’s largest banks said they would end funding for new coal development.[Robin Hicks]More: HSBC exits Vinh Tan 3 coal power project in Vietnamlast_img read more

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Let’s Get Hazy

first_imgIf you’ve been paying attention to IPAs recently, you’ve probably noticed that they’re getting a bit cloudy. The hazy IPA craze is taking over the craft beer world. It started in the Northeast, up in Vermont and Massachusetts where upstart breweries started making high ABV IPAs that were unfiltered and cloudy to the point of being milky. These beers are so fruity, they’re downright juicy and have almost no bitterness associated with IPAs. If West Coast IPAs are a blend of citrus and pine with a bitter backend, then New England IPAs are a tropical fruit cup. And it’s a trend that’s no longer contained to the northeast. Breweries all over the US are making New England style IPAs and the world is basically better off because of it. As I said, these beers are juicy, high ABV and not that bitter. Win/win/win.New Belgium is now officially in the hazy IPA game. The brewery revamped their entire IPA lineup recently and has just released Juicy Mandarina IPA as part of the Voodoo Ranger Special Release Series. It’s an unfiltered wheat IPA that uses Mandarina Bavaria and Galaxy hops, for a super cloudy beer that lives up to its “Juicy” moniker. The beer has a soft, round body thanks to the wheat and hits you with a helping of pineapple juice right out of the gate. It’s smooth, ridiculously fruity and damn easy to drink. In other words, it’s exactly what you want out of a hazy IPA. The fact that New Belgium, which acts as a sort of standard-bearer for the craft beer industry, is jumping into the haze game shows that there’s some legitimacy and longevity to the trend. There was a time when part of the quality assessment of a beer was how clear it poured in the glass. It was like judging diamonds; you looked for clarity. Thanks to this wave of hazy IPAs taking over, we no longer live in those times. Cloudy is the new clear.last_img read more

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