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Teleka Patrick Still Missing, Vigil Scheduled for Tonight

16 Dec

by Ken Davidson

Indiana and Michigan police continue to search for missing physician Teleka Patrick. Dr. Patrick went missing on December 5 in Kalamazoo, Michigan after being dropped at her car by a friend. The family is now taking to social media to try to find information regarding her whereabouts. Using the hashtag #findteleka, the family has connected with thousands of twitter followers. On the Find Teleka Facebook Page the family has connected with another 4,000 people. The family travelled to Portage and Gary this weekend to drop off flyers at local businesses. Dr. Patrick’s 1997 Lexus ES300 was found on December 5 by an Indiana State trooper. The car was abandoned along the roadside on I-94, just east of the Porter/Burn’s Harbor Exit. When asked what others can do, Dr. Patrick’s father told Fox News ““Keep sharing it. Forward it. Share it. Get the word out. We want everyone to know her face, and know her name.” ( http://fox17online.com/news/stories/missing-kalamazoo-woman-teleka-patrick/#ixzz2ndxUnWhJ )

Dr. Patrick recently finished her dual doctorate degrees in medicine and psychology at Loma Linda University. She was in Michigan to complete a residency program in psychiatry. Dr. Patrick’s father is a pastor in Florida which has rallied the religious community to help find her. The vigil is planned for tonight at 6:00 pm at Trinity Temple SDA Church 1615 East G Ave, Kalamazoo Township, MI 49004.

Teleka Patrick has been missing since dec. 5

Teleka Patrick has been missing since dec. 5

 

teleka patrick

Family Members of Teleka Patrick posted flyers in Portage and Gary this weekend.

How Far Can City Codes Go in Regulating Your Property Rights?

21 Nov NIPSCO Exec Gave $1M to Bobby Rush Charity

Gazette Staff

Miami, Fla.—May the government prohibit you from peacefully and productively using your own property to feed your family?

That is the question the Institute for Justice (IJ) and a Miami Shores couple have taken to state court in their challenge to Miami Shores’ unconstitutional ban on front-yard vegetable gardens. The law prohibits homeowners from growing vegetables in their front yards, but trees, fruit, and garden gnomes are just fine. Homeowners who grow front-yard vegetable gardens face fines of $50 per day.

For 17 years, Hermine Ricketts and her husband Tom Carroll maintained a beautiful front-yard garden, where they grew vegetables for their own consumption, along with other plants. But in May 2013, Miami Shores’ Code Enforcement officers inspected Hermine and Tom’s property and informed the couple that they were engaging in an illegal activity: Growing vegetables in the front yard.

The city enacted the ban to protect the aesthetic character of Miami Shores Village. Yet it allows everything from trees and fruit to gnomes and flamingos in front yards. Just not vegetables. That sort of irrational distinction is unconstitutional.

“Miami Shores’ ban on front-yard vegetable gardens doesn’t make any sense. A yard does not become unsightly just because you can eat some of the things you grow there,” said IJ Attorney and lead counsel on the case, Ari Bargil.
The city threatened Hermine and Tom with fines of $50 a day, or about $1,500 per month, if they did not uproot the garden. Unable to bear the cost of such hefty fines, Hermine and Tom destroyed 17 years’ worth of passion and hard work.

“When our garden was in full production, we had no need to shop for produce. At least 80 percent of our meals were harvested fresh from our garden,” said Hermine. “This law crushes our freedom to grow our own healthy food. No one should have to expend time and energy dealing with such nonsense.”
The Florida Constitution protects the property rights of homeowners like Hermine and Tom, who want to use their property in a peaceful, productive manner without arbitrary intrusion by the government.

IJ’s challenge to Miami Shores’ front-yard vegetable garden ban is part of its new National Food Freedom Initiative. This nationwide campaign that will bring property rights, economic liberty and free speech challenges to laws that interfere with the ability of Americans to produce, market, procure and consume the foods of their choice. IJ is also challenging Oregon’s ban on advertising raw—or unpasteurized—milk and Minnesota’s severe restrictions on “cottage food” producers.

“Hermine and Tom are part of a nationwide movement of small-scale food producers and consumers who are tired of the government dictating what foods they can grow, sell and eat,” said IJ Senior Attorney Michael Bindas, who heads IJ’s National Food Freedom Initiative. “This isn’t just about Hermine and Tom’s front-yard garden. This is about the right of all Americans to peacefully use their own property to support themselves and their families.”

Drunk Driver Rolls Semi on I-65

21 Oct

Indiana State Police say a drunk semi driver rolled his truck on I-65 at 12:30 a.m. October 21. The incident closed down the interstate completely for over 2 1/2 hours. The driver, Devon L. House of Florida, was not injured and was charged with driving while intoxicated. A female passenger was uninjured and was not charged. The truck was owned by A.F. Systems of Bensenville, Il.

Semi rolled on I-65

A semi rolled on I-65