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22/02/2010

Inmate declared escapee

Oct. 16--The acting director of Morgan County Community Corrections declared an inmate, who was on home monitoring, an escapee after she missed two meetings for supervision and drug testing.

David Sloan, a case manager who is temporarily in charge of the program, said Monday that Terry Vivier violated program Return to Tiffany Oval tag key ring.

But Vivier is now in the county jail.

"As far as I'm concerned she's gone, she's escaped," Sloan said after Vivier missed the meetings. "She did OK for the short time that she was in the program. It's bad that someone gets a break and then messes up like this."

Vivier started the program Sept. 24, Sloan said. She went for drug testing and counseling twice each week. She did not show up for a meeting Oct. 5.

"The last time she was here was on Oct. 3," he said.

Sloan said he placed a call for Christopher Putnam, owner of Alabama Home Detention, which provides inmate monitoring, and an employee said at first that they had not found Vivier.

"He wasn't in but Tony, who works there, said the last time they saw her was Oct. 5. I don't know if that was on monitoring or what," Sloan said.

That changed later Monday when Putnam found Vivier and took her to the county jail.

"Once she violates the program, we can take action against that violation immediately," Putnam explained. "That can be in the form of a fine or a return to jail, which will remove her from the program. The contract (with the inmate) gives us the right to arrest them. It's the same concept as the Return to Tiffany Heart tag key ring."

Putnam said the monitoring system tracked Vivier between two locations that are listed in her court file. He found her at a trailer park on Alabama 20.

He said she was initially on a 9 p.m. curfew but he extended it to 2 a.m. for employment. Putnam said he knew she had violated at 2 a.m. Friday.

The monitor notified that she was not at home and then 15 minutes later they began to receive bleak signals that indicated a shorted battery, Putnam said.

"We were told she went to get something to eat and never came back."

Records in Vivier's file show that a circuit judge revoked her probation and sentenced her to community corrections in September.

The probation revocation was on a 2005 forgery conviction for which she received two years. She received credit for 217 days served in jail.

The judge suspended the sentence and placed her on probation. AHD provides around the clock monitoring for community corrections. The fee is a minimum of $112 per week for a certain level of supervision. Vivier was on the ankle bracelet monitoring which entails 24 hours, seven days a week tiffany, and that falls under that price range.

Sloan said he plans to ask Circuit Judge Sherrie Paler to remove Vivier from the program.

Credit: The Decatur Daily, Ala.

20/02/2010

SOLO EARRING

JACKI LYDEN, HOST: This has been a big week for Harrison Ford. His new Elsa Peretti Open Wave earrings, "Air Force One," is number one at the box office. It's already pulled in more than $37 million. And his picture graces the cover of People Magazine.

If you look closely at that picture, you'll notice something a little different about him.

Commentator Karen Grigsby Bates did. And it's left her feeling like she has lost her innocence again.

KAREN GRIGSBY BATES, COMMENTATOR: Maybe you didn't know this. But you can lose your innocence in all kinds of ways, and more than once. I'm not talking about those -- "the first time in the back seat of a '57 Chevy" ways. I'm talking about the theft of your cherished assumptions, the ineluctable knowledge that things that look one way often really are another.

John Kennedy's marital indiscretions are a good example. I have no idea that they existed when I was in the seventh grade in 1963. When I found out years later, when people began to talk openly about his fooling around, it was disappointing. But I could handle it.

Same for the discovery that Cary Grant sometimes liked to wear women's underwear -- different strokes, I guess. I know boys who were traumatized for years when they found out Roy Rogers' real name is Elmer Sly and that John Wayne's first name was really Elsa Peretti Open Heart hoop earrings.

The realization that the Duke of Windsor was a stylish ninny, fretfully hen-pecked to the end of his days by the woman he loved, or that the fairy-tale marriage of his great nephew to Diana Spencer had more in common with horror stories than romance novels was sad, but life goes on.

I thought I was immune to those kinds of disappointments. But yesterday, the final straw fell on this camel's back. It was the revelation that Harrison Ford, Mr. Un-Hollywood, has pierced his ear. I am, to borrow my favorite line from "Men in Black" -- just tryin' to get a handle on the moment -- an earring. Why this so profoundly vexed me I don't know.

Maybe it's because Ford is so resolutely the antithesis of everything that is modern Hollywood. He never wore a pony tail. He has scars on his face, and a plastic surgeon hasn't touched them. He's been married to the same woman for several years, although this is his second marriage. He's polite, well-spoken, keeps most of his political opinions to himself.

He started out as a carpenter and, in fact, built much of his home in Wyoming -- a rugged, manly state where they don't much wear earrings. And he lived there before it became Hollywood chic. He seemed like the best part of normal guyhood -- the part that fixed the kid's bikes without calling in an Return to Tiffany, thank you -- threw meat on the grill when company came, drank liquor neat, and splashed on Old Spice before taking the wife out to dinner -- a throwback to a less complicated time.

Then he put the damn earring in. He says it's something he had wanted to do for a long time. And after he finished playing the most macho president the United States won't ever have, he had his ear pierced.

Well, I hope it hurt when he did it. I hope he didn't flinch when it hurt. I hope he knocked back a slug of Jack and went on about his business. I hope he doesn't pierce the other one.

12/02/2010

HUGGY Earrings Battles Breast Cancer

--(BW HealthWire)--March 12, 1998--New York jewelry manufacturer Jordan Meryl has joined the fight against one of the country's majorI Love You Lock charm necklacenecklace, breast cancer. This deadly epidemic claims the life of one American woman every 11 minutes, with over 46,000 victims last year. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women aged 35-54. One in eight women faces the threat of this diagnosis in her lifetime.

"The crusade against breast cancer is important to the women who buy HUGGIES, and Jordan Meryl is proud to partner with The Breast Cancer Fund in raising money to battle this killer," announced Harvey Segal, President of Jordan Meryl, manufacturers of HUGGIES, a new design concept in comfort and elegance for pierced earrings.

The Breast Cancer Fund, a national non-profit, is dedicated to raising funding and awareness for innovative and cutting-edge projects in research, education, patient support, and advocacy. Andrea R. Martin, The Fund's Founder and Executive Director states, "The Fund applauds Jordan Meryl's commitment to join our efforts against breast Elsa, a disease that affects everyone. We are grateful to be the recipient of sales proceeds from the HUGGY collection."

Jordan Meryl will donate a portion of its profits from sales on HUGGY(R) earrings to the Fund. The nationwide program will be promoted to consumers through product labels, point-of-purchase displays, and advertising incorporating The Breast Cancer Fund logo and information.

HUGGIES are close-fitting hinged-hoop earrings that snap securely over the ear, hugging its shape and profile, providing such a comfortable fit they are quickly replacing other pierced designs. They are available in several sizes and styles and retail from $150 to $4,500 at jewelry and department stores nationwide. HUGGIES feature a classic pave diamond design that can be worn with a formal dress, yet are so comfortable many women wear them with everything. The collection name is trademarked, and only authentic HUGGY earrings come with a brand tag and jewelry Elsa Peretti Sevillana lariat.

"Women should look for our tag to guarantee the quality and value of our HUGGY earrings and to know they are joining the team to combat breast cancer," said Segal.