Man fakes his own kidnapping to avoid paying Super Bowl bet: Police

first_imgNew York State Police(NEW YORK) — Police arrested a New York man this week who allegedly faked his own abduction to avoid paying a $50,000 Super Bowl bet.Robert Brandel, 60, was arrested in western New York on Wednesday after officers found him in the back of his pickup truck with his hands and feet wrapped in duct tape, police said.Brandel told police he was abducted at gunpoint on Monday by two men who threatened him and stole $16,000 in cash, according to a police statement.He claimed these robbers forced him to drive around western New York for two days against his will, tied him up in the back seat of his vehicle and left him in a parking lot, New York State Police said. Brandel said these alleged suspects were involved in his Super Bowl squares betting, but investigators said he made the whole thing up.Police said further investigation and interviews revealed Brandel’s “elaborate story was fabricated” because he was running a $50,000 Super Bowl pool in which he made up names on some of the squares “hoping to win and take most of the winnings,” according to a police statement.Brandel came up with the kidnapping scheme because he was unable to make the payout and was short for most of the $50,000, police said.“This guy ran a football pool, a $50,000 payout football pool. [He] came up with a couple different ways where he could make money off of it and eventually fell flat,” New York State Police Trooper James O’Callaghan told ABC Buffalo affiliate WKBW-TV. “And now he can’t make the money up to the people who obviously or eventually won this football pool.”O’Callaghan said investigators were tipped off because Brandel, who claimed to be held captive for multiple days, appeared clean-shaven when he was discovered.“We’re on the third day when we find him, but he’s pretty clean-shaved around his beard,” O’Callaghan said. “A normal person that’s abducted and has gone through something like that, their heart rate would be very high, they’re very worried, depressed, a lot of emotions that will be bubbling up.”Brandel was charged with scheme to defraud, a felony, and falsely reporting an incident. He’s scheduled to appear in court in March. It’s unclear if he’s obtained legal counsel. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

UCLA edges Utah 72-70 for 5th straight home victory

first_img Associated Press December 31, 2020 /Sports News – Local UCLA edges Utah 72-70 for 5th straight home victory Tags: Pac-12/UCLA Bruins/Utah Runnin’ Utes Basketball Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Smith scored 16 points and UCLA shook off coronavirus-induced rust to hold off Utah 72-70 for the Bruins’ fifth straight home win.UCLA (6-2, 2-0 Pac-12) hadn’t played since losing to Ohio State on Dec. 19 in Cleveland.The Utes (4-2, 1-1) had been idle since beating Idaho on Dec. 18.Both teams had games postponed due to COVID-19.Alfonso Plummer led the Utes with a season-high 22 points, making four 3-pointers. Timmy Allen added 18 points. The Utes never got off a final shot after Pelle Larsson turned the ball over with 3 seconds to go.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Signs Fair Funding Formula, Renews Call To Restore Funding

first_imgGovernor Wolf Signs Fair Funding Formula, Renews Call To Restore Funding June 02, 2016 Bill Signing,  Education,  Press Release,  Results,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 1552 into law, which establishes a fair funding formula and provides emergency funds for two of the commonwealth’s financially distressed school districts. Governor Wolf also called for new funding to help restore equity to Pennsylvania public school districts.“Prior to today, Pennsylvania was one of only three states in the nation without a fair funding formula,” said Governor Wolf. “Following great work by the Basic Education Funding Commission, the commonwealth finally has a permanent formula for the distribution of basic education funding that takes into account each district’s unique needs.”“I look forward to continuing to work with leaders in the coming weeks to further address our challenges and reach agreement on a budget that is balanced, fixes the deficit and further invests in education at all levels,” Governor Wolf continued. “We still have a lot of work to do in order to restore funding, but we are now closer to resolving the inequity in Pennsylvania’s school funding distribution.”House Bill 1552, now Act 35, establishes a fair, equitable formula for allocating new state funds to Pennsylvania schools.The Basic Education Funding (BEF) Formula accounts for district based factors including the wealth of the district, the district’s current tax effort, and the ability of the district to raise revenue. It also includes student-­based factors like:Number of children in the district who live in poverty,Number of children enrolled in charter schools, andNumber of children who are English language learners.The BEF Formula was created and unanimously adopted by the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission in June 2015. Having a formula in place will assure school districts that new funding will be distributed equitably and investments in education will no longer be determined by the influence of one legislator over another.Governor Wolf is seeking additional education funding in the 2016-17 budget, which would be distributed using the new BEF Formula. The 2015-16 budget included a $200 million increase in Basic Education Funding that will be distributed using the Fair Funding Formula.This increase, along with the new funding formula, will continue to restore Pennsylvania schools from the deep cuts of 2011. This will also help to ensure that all students are getting equitable access to a quality public education.In addition to enacting a fair funding formula, Act 35 contains emergency funding for two financially distressed school districts in the commonwealth. Wilkinsburg in Allegheny County will receive $3 million and Chester Upland in Delaware County will receive $12 million, with each amount being applied to the districts’ base funding moving forward.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more