GUEST SPEAKER Jeff Sandy, Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety cabinet secretary, spoke at the March 15 Weirton Rotary Club meeting. — Contributed
WEIRTON Jeff S. Sandy, West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety cabinet secretary, spoke about the state economy and balancing a $33 million budget that is divided among the West Virginia State Police, state prison system, West Virginia National Guard and state fire marshals during the Weirton Rotary Club s March 15 meeting. Sandy is a 1976 Parkersburg High School graduate, a 1979 Marshall University graduate and a 1980 Federal Law Enforcement Training Center graduate with a designation of special agent with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Criminal Investigations Division. He is designated as a certified fraud examiner and a certified anti-money laundering specialist. From 1982 to 1993, he was assigned to the Presidential Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force in the Northern Judicial District of West Virginia. Sandy received the Attorney General Award, West Virginia U.S. Treasury Employee of the Year and Mid-Ohio Valley Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. In 1991, he became the first West Virginia law enforcement officer to be nationally recognized as an expert in the field of money laundering. He has trained federal, state, county and local law enforcement officers, and was selected to train dignitaries from Russia and the Baltic countries in the field of money laundering. In 1993, he accepted the supervisory special agent position for the Southern Judicial District of West Virginia in Charleston. By 1996, his group was recognized as one of the top agencies in the U.S. in a major university study. In 2000, Attorney General Janet Reno and U.S. Attorney Rebecca Betts commended his office for their investigative work on the Keystone Bank failure.
After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Office of the Secretary of the Treasury designated Sandy as the special agent in charge of the security of a secure facility in the eastern U.S. for 24 days. Sandy volunteered to work on counter-terrorism efforts and worked in Baghdad, Iraq, and Doha, Qatar. He received the honor award from Secretary of the Treasury John Snow and the Department of Defense achievement medal for his investigative work in the Middle East. Sandy cited one of his proudest career moments as when he secured the cooperation of Tariq Aziz, the deputy prime minister of Iraq, and when the U.S. Department of Defense and United States Army Major General Keith W. Dayton said the following about his work in Baghdad: Agent Sandy participated in dangerous, high stress missions to meet with sources that resulted in actionable intelligence. He conducted a financial investigation of the sale of billions of dollars of Iraqi oil throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia. Agent Sandy used all legal means to freeze the former Iraqi regime s assets and protect them from being used by terrorists.
In 2005, he became a member of the U.S. Department of Justice State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training Program. Sandy has been involved in the training of more than 146,000 law enforcement officers in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. He has guest lectured for the Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces, West Virginia State Police and Fusion Center and dozens of state, county, and local law enforcement agencies. Sandy was elected sheriff of Wood County in 2008. Sandy modernized modernized the office with new investigative techniques and equipment; established an intelligence unit; and started intelligence-based policing. While sheriff, he was selected by Gov. Joe Manchin to serve on the Board of the Regional Jail Authority and was elected Regional Jail Board chair in 2012. He also served on the Board of the West Virginia Sheriff s Association. In 2012, he was named the Marshall University Distinguished Alumnus of the year. In May 2015, he was selected as a speaker at the 10th-annual National Anti-Terrorism Conference in Orlando. He is the author of a training manual for law enforcement, Trace It, that has been provided free of charge to more than 85,000 law enforcement officers in the U.S.
Sandy is married to Renee Moffit of Akron, Ohio, and they have three children.
The Yorktown at Patriots Point is getting a security upgrade. File/Provided
Yorktown aims to guard against ‘lone-wolf situation’
Visitors to the Yorktown probably wouldn’t notice unless there’s an emergency, but Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is beefing up security on its biggest attraction. The first step is installing a half dozen silent alarms that directly connect with the Mount Pleasant Police Department throughout the retired Navy aircraft carrier. Only staff would have access to them. The Patriots Point Development Authority this month agreed to spend about $1,200 with Sonitrol for the installation, and the buttons could be in place before summer. It’s not been decided yet whether they should summon police directly or trigger a phone call first.
We just feel like it s important, given what s going on in the world, to be prudent … to guard against a lone-wolf situation, said Mac Burdette, executive director of the state-owned visitor site.
Patriots Point is also studying how to strengthen security at the gate and is considering hiring off-duty police officers to patrol the grounds. Above all, the museum wants to avoid the inconvenience of having to search all visitors, Burdette said.
$500 million move
The downtown Charleston office of Wells Fargo Advisors is feeling about $500 million poorer. A team of financial consultants who manage assets in that amount recently bolted after 12 years with the firm. Ameriprise Financial announced that Donald Alderman, Ed Holt, Jamie O’Brien and Scott Laney have joined the Minneapolis-based regional broker-dealer. O’Brien, a former hockey player for the South Carolina Stingrays, is manager of the new Meeting Street office.
“After extensively interviewing multiple firms we were most impressed with the Ameriprise culture, their management team and their superior technology specifically their mobile capabilities for both the adviser and the client, which far exceeded anything else we had encountered,” he said in a statement.
Not so innovative
Charleston may be buzzing with loads of technology-based businesses, but that doesn’t help to place South Carolina among the most innovative states in the nation. In light of deep budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump to federal research and development, personal finance website WalletHub analyzed 2017 s Most & Least Innovative States, as well as Washington, D.C. Using 18 metrics, the data set ranges from share of tech-trained professionals to research and development spending per capita to average Internet speed.
South Carolina comes in 41st. Who’s on top? That honor goes to the District of Columbia. In general, states in the Northeast and West fared well.
And who’s on the bottom? That distinction goes to West Virginia. Southern states generally ranked lowest among the survey’s findings.
KapStone bought its North Charleston paper mill from MeadWestvaco Corp. in 2008.
Some state emissions regulators have their noses out of joint over issues with the KapStone mill in North Charleston. The big paper maker disclosed in its recently filed annual report that it received a notice of alleged violation related to air regulatory requirements at the Cooper River site from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control in October.
Several of the allegations related to recordkeeping/reporting, monitoring or paperwork requirements which did not implicate actual emissions (and which have been corrected), KapStone said in its latest filing. It added that three of the allegations related to periodic compliance monitoring of particulates from operating equipment sources that are considered to be serious under DHEC guidelines.
No emissions from the monitoring resulted in any impact to the environment or human health, and no annual limits were exceeded because this allegation involved spare equipment that is operated only a limited number of days each year, KapStone said.
Discussions between the agency and the Chicago-based manufacturer are ongoing. The outcome of those talks was uncertain at the time of the filing, and, as a result, KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. told investors that it cannot reasonably estimate its potential liability for this enforcement matter.
However, no capital expenditure is required and all repairs and corrective actions have been performed resulting in full compliance at the time of this report; thus the company currently does not expect that the result of those discussions will be material to the company.
Publix’s commercial real estate purchases in the Charleston area include Daniel Island Town Center (above). File
Publix appears to be in the mood to shop – for commercial real estate. The big supermarket chain recently finalized the purchase of the Shoppes of Park West, the site of one its three Mount Pleasant stores. It picked up the 11-acre property for $15.4 million from an affiliate of Retail Properties of America, Charleston County land records show. The shopping center, which is off U.S. Highway 17 and north of S.C. Highway 41, was built in 2004.
The sale closed about a year after Florida-based Publix Super Markets Inc. bought the 5-acre Daniel Island Town Center it anchors on Seven Farms Drive. It acquired that property for more than $13.8 million under the name Real Sub LLC, an apparent nod to the grocer s popular deli sandwiches known as Pub Subs.
Cutting edge kudos
A Wando High School student with some business chops has been recognized in the Big Apple for his kitchenware creations.
Lucas Greenway’s hand-made cutting boards and cutlery were featured last week at Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s Global Showcase in New York City. The March 23 event highlighted innovative projects of young innovators from the U.S. and around the world.
Greenway calls his budding venture Charleston Cutlery. Last fall, he was named South Carolina entrepreneur of the year for 2016 by YEScarolina. In announcing that award, that group said several boutiques were carrying his wares, and that Greenway “learned through his entrepreneurship class, and the skills he gained from his father, how to take his hobby of woodworking and turn it into a business.”
The organizers of the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, called off their plans this week, blaming the cancellation on fears that Immigration Control Enforcement (ICE) agents might do their jobs and crack down on illegal immigrants during the event.
In the wake of President Donald Trump taking a tougher stance on immigration than his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, amnesty advocates have been voicing their disapproval about the increased deportations of illegal aliens from Mexico often coming in the form of in protests at immigrant-heavy urban areas from coast to coast.
Icing the parade
Because of recent ICE raids, the parade that was slated to chart its route through the southern section of the City of Brotherly Love has been nixed, according to NBC Philly. Over the past decade, the parade has taken place annually through the streets of South Philadelphia in late April or early May bringing in more participants and onlookers than any other Cinco de Mayo celebration in Pennsylvania s largest city. Edgar Ramirez, the organizer of the parade designed to observe Mexican heritage, claims that up to 15,000 people come together each year for the celebration from as far as Chicago, Illinois, to the west and all the way from New England to the north.
He indicated in a recent interview that the final decision to cancel the annual El Carnaval celebration commemorating Cinco de Mayo was sad but responsible because of the immigration crackdown that has been conducted by federal authorities of late.
According to Ramirez, the entire Mexican-American community in Philadelphia and across the country including those who are in America legally, as well as undocumented immigrants are disheartened by numerous reports of detainments and mass-arrests by ICE officers. ICE made the announcement this week that after a two-week sweep in the states of Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia there are now 248 illegal immigrants from the three who are waiting to be deported. Ramirez says that he and other advocates of illegal immigration take offence to ICE doing its job and removing those who have entered the country illegally.
The group of six organizers decided to cancel unanimously, the event organizer explained. Everyone is offended by the actions of ICE. They did not feel comfortable holding the event.
It s the law
Many in the conservative media argue that with a new president in office, amnesty advocates need to get used to a commander-in-chief who cares about enforcing the law and protecting the border as well as the citizens within he has vowed to protect within it.
First, how many illegals are there in Philadelphia? Townhall s Matt Vespa posed. Second deal with it! Obama is gone. Trump is president and there s a new sheriff in town. Vespa argues that those promoting Obama s immigration reform have no reason to complain about agents simply upholding long-established law.
Enforcing our immigration laws isn t offensive, the conservative journalist impressed. It s been precedent for decades. You re not legal; you re out. Period. He maintained that the same people who are complaining about Trump should take a good look at what Obama failed to during his eight years in office.
Moreover, it s not like Obama was any better, Vespa continued. Paradise did not become hell with the changing of the guard. Didn t he promise comprehensive immigration reform and didn t deliver? Yes.
Another thing about Obama of which many liberals are unaware or choose to ignore is the fact that he sent illegals back over the border, as well.
[A]nd he also deported a lot of people, too, Vespa pointed out. Now, there are some on the Right who would debate the numbers, but Obama did deport people much to the Left s chagrin though he arguably also committed executive overreach with the DAPA [Deferred Action for Parental Accountability] and DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival] programs.
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