February 19 2009

Linscott Sentenced to 151 Months

February 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

Lack of remorse cited by judge Ann Marie Linscott, 49, of Rockford, Michigan, was sentenced on February 4, 2009, to 151 months of imprisonment for perpetrating a murder-for-hire scheme, announced U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, Donald A. Davis, and Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California, Lawrence G. Brown. Linscott was sentenced by the Honorable Janet T. Neff, U.S. District Court Judge. At sentencing, Judge Neff chastised Linscott for displaying no remorse. Judge Neff felt compelled to sentence Linscott to a lengthy term of imprisonment to protect the public from Linscott and to send a clear message of deterrence to anyone else who might contemplate a murder-for-hire scheme. In November 2007, three California residents were searching the Internet website www.craigslist.com for job opportunities and they exchanged e-mails with Linscott regarding a job opportunity she was advertising on the website. The job description was advertised as “freelance” with no further information provided. During the e-mail correspondence, Linscott, who was a Rockford resident, asked each of the three individuals responding to her advertisement to “”eradicate” a woman living in Oroville, Butte County, California, and provided additional information on the intended victim to include a description of the victim, her age and her employment address. On two separate occasions, Linscott offered payment of $5,000 upon completion of “the eradication task.” The three individuals reported the incident to law enforcement authorities in California. Investigators in California identified the true identity of Linscott’s intended victim and determined the victim was married. The victim’s husband was interviewed by investigators and acknowledged meeting Linscott through an on-line college course in 2004 or 2005. According to the victim’s husband, he and Linscott developed an on-line relationship. The victim’s husband met Linscott in person when he traveled to Reno, Nevada, in July 2005 to attend a conference. Linscott spent two days with the husband in Reno. Linscott also visited the husband in Butte County in May 2007, and since that time they continued to communicate via telephone and e-mail. While the charges were filed in the Eastern District of California, Linscott was permitted to plead guilty in her home state in the Western District of Michigan. The investigation of this matter was conducted by the FBI in Sacramento and […]

“Dress for a Cure” Dress Collection and Sale is Back for Relay For Life

February 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

Do you have gently used and/or new prom dress (es) that you are unsure what to with? Here is your answer; you can donate your gently used prom dress (es) to the Love Laugh Cure Relay For Life team for our second “Dress for Cure” fundraisers to benefit Relay For Life. We will then, in return, resell the dresses at a great discount to the community and beyond on April 17 and 18 at Double Take. This fundraiser was able to collect over 200 dresses and raise over $1700.00 for Relay last year. Dress collection will start on March, 3 2009 at Double Take located at 31 Courtland, and at your very own Rockford Squire office located at 331 Northland Drive during business hours. For more information you can contact the event organizer Jenn Hephner by email whephner63@charter.net

February Phone-a-thon to Benefit Rockford Education Foundation

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The Rockford Education Foundation will be conducting its annual Phone-a-thon on February 24, 25 and 26, between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Volunteers will be calling parents in the Rockford School District to ask for donations. The foundation funds educational opportunities for learners in the Rockford area. “We typically give back around $60,000 per year to the Rockford community in grants,” says Phone-a-thon co-chairpersons, Gail Vanderlaan and Theresa Webb. “The Phone-a-thon is one of our largest fund-raisers of the year. Our goal is to raise at least $20,000.” “The state budget cuts in education have made our work even more important,” says Sue Arend, REF Administrator. “We really appreciate the support we have received from the community in the past, and hope people will consider helping us out in any way that you can, again this year.” Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the Phone-a-thon may call the REF at 863-6317.

North RMS Students’ Art Displayed

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Four North Rockford Middle School art students – Olivia Guswiler, Taylor Ramirez, Elliana Raymond, and Katrina Rousakova – have artwork on display in the Michigan Art Education Association Region 9 Show. Each art teacher in the region, which makes up much of West Michigan, was able to bring five pieces for the regional show from the submitted works. The regional show will be on display in Calvin College’s Fine Arts Center for the month of February. The pieces created by Olivia Guswiler and Taylor Ramirez will go on to the state competition in March. Olivia Guswiler Taylor Ramirez Elliana Raymond Katrina Rousakova

Rockford Swim/Dive Defeated by One Point

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Rockford 157, West Ottawa 158 by DENISE WEBB There wasn’t a shortage of excitement on Thursday, Feb. 12, as the Rockford and West Ottawa swim and dive teams walked onto the natatorium deck, both undefeated. As bodies, arms, legs and water flew for more than two hours, the winner of the evening remained a mystery until the very last seconds of the meet. The concluding results, unfortunately, didn’t favor Rockford. The Rams lost to West Ottawa by the smallest of margins, 157-158. “It was anyone’s meet,” said Coach Tom Parks. “Like Rockford, West Ottawa’s team has depth and a very talented bench. We upset West Ottawa in some key events, but they surprised us with major wins in others. Bottom line: it was a great effort by both teams.” Throughout the meet, the overall score remained uncomfortably close. Many events ended with only a few hundredths of a second separating first and second place, such as the match-up between Max Olson of West Ottawa (49.92) and Tyler Augustine of Rockford (49.98) in the 100-yard freestyle. During the first three events, the Rams held a slight advantage of 12 points, but following the fourth event (50-yard freestyle), the score had dropped to Rockford 54, West Ottawa 51. From that point on, the score remained intensely consistent with only a slight difference. Throughout the last four events, West Ottawa and Rockford flip-flopped for the lead. Going into the final event, the 400-freestyle relay, Rockford was down by three points, 147-150. To win, the Rams had to place either first and second or first and third. The relay team of Augustine, Alex Devries, Andrew Sakala and Bryan Wasberg placed first, but West Ottawa’s deep bench of energized freestylers unfortunately out-swam Rockford for second and third places. When reviewing the stats, it becomes clear that many swimmers from both teams swam personal bests, and several swimmers finished in state-qualifying times. Of the 12 events, eight had the first-place winner swimming a state-qualifying time, and of these eight, five had the second-place finisher also securing a state cut. “Yes, there was a lot of speed demonstrated at this meet,” said Sakala. “West Ottawa’s team has gained a tremendous amount of depth, after losing only a few key seniors from last […]

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