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Man who stole €4K from parked van is jailed

first_imgA Letterkenny man who stole a cash box containing €4,000 from a parked van has been jailed.Gavin Mitchell (40) with addresses at both Meadowbank, Letterkenny and College Park, Letterkenny, entered guilty pleas to stealing the cash and to burgling a local book store. The book shop burglary took place between October 29 and October 30 last year while the cash box theft occurred on June 12 this year at Glencar Shopping Centre.Garda English told the court that they received a report from a male who told them that he had gone into the shopping centre and left a passenger in the car.Mitchell had come over to speak to the passenger but had then left. When the passenger left the van to go into the shop too, the defendant had sneaked back and lifted the cash box.Garda English said the offence was captured on CCTV and when arrested, Mitchell had been co-operative.In relation to the burglary of Universal Books on Letterkenny’s Cathedral Lane, Mitchell had broken in and taken €1,000 and an electronic tablet.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said the burglary had taken place “out of desperation”.“He had nowhere to live at the time and was essentially living rough. The opportunity arose and he took it,” the solicitor said.The more serious charge surfaced while Mitchell was at Glencar Shopping Centre, Mr Dorian said.“He was speaking to someone in the passenger seat, they got out to go to the shop and he took the cash box,” the solicitor said.Mr Dorrian said his client was a 40-year-old man who had battled “very strong addiction issues”.“He wants to put this behind him although he knows that the outcome of today’s proceedings are to some extent inevitable,” he said.Judge Paul Kelly enquired as to whether any of the money had been recovered. He was told that it was all gone and that the defendant had no way of getting it back.For the two crimes, Gavin Mitchell, who already had 50 previous convictions, was sent to prison for five months.Man who stole €4K from parked van is jailed was last modified: July 22nd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalGAVIN MITCHELLletterkennylast_img read more

Will Princeton Go the Way of NJ Hospitals Property Tax Exemptions Go

first_imgShare11TweetShare14Email25 SharesMy Mane Man / David GoehringOctober 4, 2016; Daily PrincetonianIn New Jersey, many municipalities are in the process of suing their local hospitals based on a ruling made last year by Judge Vito Bianco, where he found the “the modern nonprofit hospital is a legal fiction.” The same judge will be sitting on the property tax trial of Princeton University, and it does not look particularly good for the college.The trial is scheduled to begin October 17th in the Tax Court of New Jersey, but significant rulings have already been made in the case. Specifically, the burden of proof is on the university to prove the extent of its tax exemption, rather than the plaintiffs having to demonstrate its absence. Four residents of the town of Princeton brought the suit, and the exemptions in question are for tax years 2011, 2014, and 2015.In an attempt to gather support, University Vice President and Secretary Robert Durkee warned, “As this trial goes forward, there will be many people who are paying attention. This trial has great implications for people doing research and managing nonprofit organizations.”In July 2015, Bianco ruled in a case brought by the town of Morristown against the Morristown Medical Center that certain sections of the hospital were not entitled to tax exemptions. However, Durkee explained that unlike the Morristown case, the Town of Princeton is not a plaintiff.Princeton currently pays taxes on some buildings, such as the Garden Theater, but the suit questions the University’s overall tax-exempt status in addition to particular sites owned by Princeton.University officials point to the contributions they have made to the town for capital purposes, including buying a new fire truck, seeding the town’s first aid and rescue squad, and the maintenance of nine miles of private roads that allow public use. These expenditures are nice, but strike us a bit like buying Pampers instead of making child support payments.—Ruth McCambridgeShare11TweetShare14Email25 Shareslast_img read more