Nearly 200 schools burgled during S.Africa’s virus lockdown

first_imgSouth African authorities on Monday reported that close to 200 schools have being broken into in the first 17 days of a five-week anti-coronavirus lockdown.  Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said she was “horrified” after it emerged that 183 schools had been burgled since the lockdown came into effect on March 27.”It is extremely disappointing for criminals, … to randomly destroy the same infrastructure meant to provide decent spaces of learning and teaching,” said the minister in a statement. With 73 break-ins, eastern Mpumalanga province recorded the most incidents followed by Gauteng — seat of the capital Pretoria and the economic hub Johannesburg — with 55 robberies.The attacks have ranged from arson, to theft of computers, printers and even classroom chairs, according to local media reports.The rash of school attacks come just days after police minister Bheki Cele reported a dramatic fall in crime since South Africa imposed the coronavirus lockdown, crediting a ban on the sale of alcohol for the drop.In his weekly emailed note, President Cyril Ramaphosa said Monday that “it is a great indictment of our society that dozens of schools have been burgled, trashed or burnt to the ground”. Topics :last_img read more

Mason City woman pleads guilty to federal charges of stealing drugs from patients

first_imgMASON CITY — A Mason City woman accused of federal charges of stealing drugs and illegally accessing patient information has pleaded guilty.32-year-old Samantha Rogers pleaded guilty on Monday in US District Court in Cedar Rapids to the charges of acquiring a controlled substance by fraud, wrongfully obtaining health information for personal gain, and making false statements related to health care manners. Federal authorities say the charges stemmed from activity between October of 2017 and May of last year.According to the criminal complaint, Rogers was fired in January 2017 from the IOOF home after allegedly being caught on video taking prescription pills from the purse of another employee. She continued to be employed at Mercy-North Iowa when a nursing aide reported pain pills missing from her purse in May 2017.Rogers then was accused of accessing patient records after being hired to work at Northern Iowa Therapy in Waverly in September 2017 in attempts to obtain or steal prescription medication. She’s suspected of taking a patient’s unused Percocet and of breaking into another patient’s home in Forest City in a search for drugs.No sentencing date has been scheduled.last_img read more