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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

 

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

Attorney General returns record amount of unclaimed property in 2013

11 Dec

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced today that the Unclaimed Property Division has recently broken its record for the most claims paid in a single calendar year. With more than $58 million in claims paid, the division has beaten its goal of breaking the 2006 record which stood at $53.9 million.
“It’s great to break this record, especially knowing it benefits our fellow Hoosier citizens,” Zoeller said. “This is a result of greater use of social media to get the word out about where to find their money but mostly it’s from the hard work of the men and women who serve in our Unclaimed Property division.”
In total, the state’s unclaimed property database holds more than $380 million in assets. In 2012, the Attorney General’s Office returned 85,150 properties totaling $44.8 million in unclaimed property. To date this year, 93,615 properties valued at $58,480,934.88 have been returned.
Several of the factors that have contributed to this record include increased reporting compliance, improved search tools on IndianaUnclaimed.gov, a new mobile app, increased online marketing, the addition of a proactive investigator, and the hard work of an experienced claim staff.
Zoeller, along with Buck the Money Dog, visited the unclaimed property office today to celebrate the milestone and encourage everyone to visit www.IndianaUnclaimed.gov to search for their name, their relatives, neighbors and friends’ names. “The holidays are a great time to look for unclaimed funds for your family, friends and neighbors, helping others is in keeping with the spirit of the season,” Attorney General Zoeller said. The Indiana Unclaimed Property database is also mobile. Anyone can search for free through the mobile application — just use keyword Indiana Unclaimed to download. The app makes it easy to look for unclaimed property. Business owners and charitable organizations should also check annually for unclaimed property.
The Unclaimed Property database can be searched 24-hours a day, 7 days a week at the toll-free number is 1-866-IN-CLAIM (1-866-462-5246). This is a free service of the Indiana Attorney General’s Office.

Tech Giants Ask Government to Reform Spy Program

9 Dec

by Ken Davidson

Rarely do we see tech giants Google, Apple, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Yahoo join forces.  That is exactly what has happened today.  In a seething letter, the respective CEO’s of the above companies all sign on to a plea to standardize government intrusions into the digital lives of citizens.  The statement begins:

The undersigned companies believe that it is time for the world’s governments to address the practices and laws regulating government surveillance of individuals and access to their information. . . .We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens. But this summer’s revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide. The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual — rights that are enshrined in our Constitution. This undermines the freedoms we all cherish. It’s time for a change.

Apparently, the risks and costs associated with complying with endless government information requests has taken its toll on these corporations.  The real question for me is where are the cellular phone companies on this issue?  Where are the people on this issue?

This report comes on the very day that the Indianapolis Star reports that Indiana State Police have purchased a piece of equipment that will allow them to monitor cell phones without a warrant.  According to the Indy Star, the Stingray device can be mounted on a police vehicle and can monitor all cellular communications in the area. State police refused to comment on the system. http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2013/12/08/indiana-state-police-tracking-cellphones-but-wont-say-how-or-why/3908333/

The full text of the Tech Giant letter is as follows:

An open letter to Washington

Dear Mr. President and Members of Congress,

We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens. But this summer’s revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide. The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual — rights that are enshrined in our Constitution. This undermines the freedoms we all cherish. It’s time for a change.

For our part, we are focused on keeping users’ data secure — deploying the latest encryption technology to prevent unauthorized surveillance on our networks and by pushing back on government requests to ensure that they are legal and reasonable in scope.

We urge the US to take the lead and make reforms that ensure that government surveillance efforts are clearly restricted by law, proportionate to the risks, transparent and subject to independent oversight. To see the full set of principles we support, visit ReformGovernmentSurveillance.com

Sincerely,

AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo

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Do You Tweet?

20 Nov

by Ken Davidson

I was reminded again of the importance of using twitter. Speaking with another reporter, he commented on the great input he gets on twitter. I thought I would take this opportunity to ask everyone that sees this to tweet for us. Share this post on twitter and follow us @nwigazette We report what you give us and we greatly appreciate all the input.