Prosecutor Samson Weah regarded the witness with a cunning eye. “What happened afterward, Joe Boyd?” “He told me that if he had his way, I would be dead.” “Why?” The witness grimaced, and said, “Because he said I was following his wife.” “Did you?” “No.” The prosecutor’s smile was triumphant, and sweeping his head away from the spectators, said, “Boyd, what happened at your first meeting?” Smiling, the witness said, “Well, I met her when she indicated she wanted to speak with me. I went closer to her and she said she had lost money to buy food for her son and wanted me to help if I could. “I thought about it and felt the need to help since she had approached me on the issue. It was not that I was really interested to spend money that easy.” A murmur swept across the courtroom. The prosecutor said, “What happened next, Boyd?” With still a smile at the corner of his mouth, the witness said, “I pulled out a wad of bills and took out Ld500 and handed it to her. “She told me how great she was to have met me, and even explained that since I moved in the area, she had had some admiration for me.” “Like a secret admirer?” The witness smiled, and said, “That kind.” “How did you feel then?” “Well,” the witness said, “I’m a man and when someone is admiring me secretly, I felt a bit good.” The prosecutor smiled. “She did suggest something to you?” Folding his hands and releasing them, the witness said, “Yes, she gave me the idea she was interested in me.” “Did you know she was married?” “No,” the witness said, “but I knew she had a child.” “Ok,” the prosecutor said, “then what happened?” “I told her I was kind surprise that a beautiful woman like her was still a spinster. “She smiled and said she was waiting for the right man. “When I asked her about the father of her child, she played my question down and said rather that it was a mistake she made in her life.” “Did you really believe her?” “Of course,” the witness said, “for I did not put any word in her mouth. “I then suggested to her that since she was a single woman and I was also a single man, I think the chemistry was perfect.” The courtroom exploded into a mild laughter, and Judge Thomas Moore answered with his gavel to restore calm, and with the statement, “The court will not hesitate to hold any spectator contempt and therefore the court insists that spectators must behave as proceedings continue.” “Thanks Your Honor,” the prosecutor said, and returning to the witness, said, “with correct chemistry, you decided to do what?” With a smile wedged at the corner of his mouth, the witness shifted his position and said, “We planned to meet and that same evening, we met at a local drinking spot. “Later I realized that a man who had come with her, identified himself as Willie Jones, was in fact the man she was living with.” “What did Willie Jones tell you about his relationship with Dorothy Toe?” The witness hesitated and said, “He told me he was her brother.” “Tell the court what occurred one week after your meeting.” Folding his hands, the witness adjusted his position and throwing his head back, said, “He came to me with a request for USD500.” “What was the reason for his request?” The witness said, “He said he needed the money to take care of some business, though he did not explain the nature of the business.” “What did you tell him?” “I told him I did not have that much.” “What was his response?” The witness said, “It was then that he began to threaten me, accusing me for going after his woman, and when I asked him about it he mentioned Dorothy Toe’s name, and I was shocked.” “Did anything intimately take place between you and Dorothy Toe?” “Yes,” the witness said, in a low tone of voice, as spectators craned their ears to listen to his answer, murmurings of excitement. “Mr. Boyd, did you kill Willie Jones or did you have any intention to do him any harm?” “No,” the witness said, “I did not,” and turning away to regard defense counsel Jason Doe, the prosecutor said, “Your Witness.” “You did not kill Willie Jones?” “No.” “But you an affair with the woman he introduced you to as his sister?” “Yes.” “And Willie Jones had come to you to credit USD500?” “Yes.” “But according to your testimony,” the lawyer said, “he wanted the USD500 to do a business that he did not tell you?” “Yes.” “And according to your testimony, when you refused to grant his request, only then that he began to accuse you and threaten you?” The witness shifted his position and said, “Actually, it was not the first time he had come to me for help. I remember two days after we had met, I gave him a USD50.” “What was the objective of the USD50?” “To help him.” “Did he ask for the money or any more at all?” “No,” the witness said, “he did not ask.” “Do you have the habit of dishing out money to people you meet?” Suddenly, the prosecutor was on his feet. “Your Honor,” he said, “it does not matter for a man to do good even if he is not asked, and counsel is finding a way for the witness to contradict himself on the good that he had done to a man who turned out to be the cause of another’s murder.” Judge Thomas Moore who had been following the proceedings, lowered his glasses beyond his nose, and glaring at the defense counsel said, “Does counsel have any defense?” In a swift counter, Jason Doe frowning, gazed at the direction of the judge and said, “Your Honor, the situation demands a careful discovery of information from the witness on what could be the inherent motive behind the eventual murder of the decedent. “I suspect some justifying conditions that apparently led to the eventual murder of the decedent that can only be understood by considering the motive of the witness.” “Very well,” Judge Moore said, “you may continue with your cross examination.” “By your testimony, it means that you encountered the decedent at least on a number of occasions?” “Yes.” “And at each occasion, he was civil in his approach to you?” “Yes,” the witness said, “it was only after he found out what had been going on with Dorothy that set him up to crash out.” “On one of the occasions,” the lawyer said, “particularly after you testified he had explained about his relationship with Dorothy Toe, did it occur to you that he was not being truthful?” “Yes,” he said, “but at some point I did not want to argue since I realized that woman was too big a person not to know what she wanted in life.” “And it did not suggest to you that the man that had come with her once in your meeting was expendable?” “Objected to as not proper-cross examination, reaching to a conclusion,” the prosecutor yelled. “Sustained,” Judge Moore said.Jason Doe ambled his way to the defense table and after a brief consultation with Janet Lovebird, his private secretary, returned to the witness. Smiling, the lawyer said, “When Dorothy Toe, according to your testimony gave the indication she was interested in a relationship with you she did not suggest that Willie Jones should be done away with?” “No.” “She also did not suggest that you should elope to another city or town?” “No.” “But by your admission, she claimed that she was a single woman and you also were single and actually would it not have been nice for both of you?” “Well…I am the man and I did not want to venture into that area.” “Did it come into your discussions after all?” “Yes,” the witness said, “it came at two times.” “Now, suppose the suggestion to elope was worth considering, it did not imply that someone had to die to get that achieved, right?” “Yes.” “However,” the lawyer moved in from another angle, “could you tell this court how it occurred that a woman who was willing to elope with you would turn around to murder the man she was willing to run away from?” “She apparently had her own motive.” “Could it be a motive that you apparently suggested?” “No.” “But at some point, you wanted her for yourself?” “That’s a fact for all men.” “But then you apparently realized she was with someone, Willie Jones in this case?” “Though I wanted her for myself…but…but…” “Why are you hesitating?” “I’m trying to form my words correctly.” “Have you formed them now?” “I need a little bit of time.” “How much time?” “A time…I’m still getting your question clearly in my mind.” “Go ahead and get it I’m waiting.”The witness mopped his face with a white handkerchief, readjusted himself and stared moodily at the lawyer. The lawyer turned his gaze to his client, defendant Dorothy Toe, whose tear-filled eyes, spoke nothing but the humiliation of having been accused for her husband’s murder. The preliminary trial was getting to its end, and though she had endured some of the most horrible scathing remarks against a woman whose life had been strangled by the murder of a man she had loved with all her life. She knew she was done, even if justice prevailed and she was pronounced innocent of the crime. Though she was unable to even imagine how life had been ruined with all the publicity, it could be that she would be able to remake her life. It was a hard equation, but the most painful was the insinuations and claims by the plaintiff that a loving wife would turn to murder and put her life in jeopardy. Her thoughts were interrupted when Jason Doe said, “How much more time do you need?” “I hate it when you shoot questions out to me like that.” “Ok,” the lawyer said, “you wanted the woman for yourself and were prepared to eliminate any competitor,?” “It’s more than that.” “Which means what?” “It was a form of frustration for me.” The lawyer turned swiftly to stare at Judge Moore, who also could not help but gave a deep frown, and address the court, “This is one of the cases that has exposed a man’s desire to use illegal means to achieve what he did not have and while the human mind is capable of inducing actions, the court finds it intriguing that on many times, people behave irrationally. “It makes little sense for one man to maneuver to get rid of another when the chances are that there are many other human beings that fill in the same position. “But we live in a different time and it makes sense to predict that man stands at the threshold of making the world better or unworthy and hence the search for justice demands a more vigorous campaign. “With the hope that somewhere in our mind man will be able to agree to be satisfied and leave others alone, and therefore this trial is concluded and the witness will be held for further prosecution and meanwhile the defendant is ordered released.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The newly hired head coach of Lone Star, James Salinsa Debbah has expressed confidence that his appointment is the beginning of a prosperous future for Liberian football.The ex-Liberian celebrated football star said his preferment will return the country to its rightful place in continental and international football.Coach Debbah made the assertion over the weekend when he and other former Lone Star players were officially appointed as coaches of the various national teams.The Mighty Barrolle icon stated that the training and inclusion of former Lone Star players to spearhead the various teams is unprecedented in the history of Liberian football.“I first want to give thanks and appreciation to the President of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), Mr. Musa Hassan Bility for initiating this program to incorporate former Lone Star Players,” Coach Debbah said.“This initiative by the President is unprecedented in the history of football in this country, and I am very optimistic that this is the beginning of a bright and prosperous future in Liberian football, a future I believed that will put us back on that pedestal of international relevance in football.”FA boss with approval from the Executive Committee and the Ministry of Youth and Sports announced James Salinsa Debbah, head coach and Kervin Sebwe, deputy head coach for the Senior Lone Star and Washington Blay as the Administrative Manager (Team Manager).For the U-23 Lone Star, Thomas Kojo and Janjay Jacobs have been appointed as head coach and deputy head coach, while Christopher Wleh and Oliver Markor are coaches for the U-20.Joe Nagbe and George Gerbro were appointed to takeover the U-17 Lone Star and for the U-17, Vamah Kpoto and Jonah Sarwiah were hired.Coach Kelvin Sebwe has also been appointed as the head coach for the Female Lone Star.Mr. Bility said the coaches will be given 100% freedom to recruit players.The president said the coaches will begin a month orientation hopefully this week to develop their programs.Debbah indicated that because of qualifying the national team twice to the African Cup of Nations, and the near qualification to the World Cup, as part of the George Weah’s 11, expectations of the Liberian people will be high, and urged them to be patience.“I want the Liberians to be aware that this program is not an event, but rather a process that will require time, energy and resources to yield fruits,” Coach Debbah said.In a grave tone, he appealed to the Government of Liberia under the patronage of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to provide the team with the necessary support in order to carry out their functions efficiently.“Brazil’s achievements in international football were not only based on skills and their passion for the game, but due to their commitment to players and their development,” Coach Debbah noted.Debbah said: “If these requirements are met, I am positive that we will prevail in all our endeavors.”For his part, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Lenn Eugene Nagbe thanked the LFA for the recruitment of former players to steer the affairs of the national teams, arguing that it’s an international practice.He pledged the government’s support to the LFA and the teams, saying that the country will remain supportive to football and revealed that plans are underway for Debbah and other coaches to attend an international coaching abroad, but he did not state how soon.The technical director of LFA, Henry Brown said in compliance with the regulation of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the coaches underwent 160 hours of training in three weeks to earn a License B Certificate in coaching.Coach Brown wished the former players success in their new undertaking unlike the former Liberian coaches who failed miserably.One of the former Lone Star players of the George Weah’s 11, Jonathan ‘Boye Charles’ Sogbie said the appointment of Debbah is inspirational as a former linchpin player and argued that he carries the necessary ingredient to national teams and would serve as a role model.He said the preferment of Kervin Sebwe is unique because he is a disciplinarian, who keeps players together.“I’m happy to hear that other former players have been appointed in the feeder teams, like Christopher Wleh, Oliver Markor, Vamah Kpoto and others.”Liberia’s international match commissioner, G. Andy Quamie said the idea to bring the former national team players in the football program is a welcoming idea, arguing that other countries like Brazil, Argentina and Nigeria did the same.“We hope the government will support the national teams to reach higher heights and also hope the LFA will give them all the necessary support.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Varsay Sirleaf, Jr. (center) along with Snapper Hill Clinic doctors and two of the doctors from IndiaTwo visiting Indians doctors from Fortis Hospital, Prem Kumar and Priyank Bhatt, a urologist and cardiologist, respectively, have observed that the lack of dietary observation and exercise among Liberians can contribute to serious health risks. Drs. Kumar and Bhatt, who came to Liberia on an invitation from Varsay E. Sirleaf, Jr., CEO of Snapper Hill Clinic, noted that after examining more than 250 patients, they saw signs of critical stages of heart disease and urinary tract infections.“Most patients who we diagnosed have both combinations of hypertension and diabetes that put the patients at risk by developing weak heart, which is lacking power and on the possible brink of failure, as well as serious urinary tract infections like possible kidney failure and vesicoureteric reflux,” the doctors said.The doctors added that to curtail the risks of heart disease and urinary tract infections, Liberians have to start seriously observing their diet by trying to reduce salt and oil quantity in food, stop smoking and consuming alcohol, and practicing safe hygiene.“The evidence is overwhelming that poor diet, cigarette smoking and second-hand exposure to smoke increases the risks of heart disease, lung disease, the kidney and the peripheral vascular disease and stroke. High-salt diets increase blood pressure and the risk of heart attack and some urinary tract infection.“Diet is an important risk factor in reducing heart disease and urinary tract infection. Food-related risk contributes hugely to heart and urinary disease. A low-saturated fat, high-fiber, high plant food diet can substantially reduce the risk of developing heart and urinary disease. It’s also important to cut bladder irritants from your diets, such as caffeine, alcohol, spicy food, carbonated drinks, and artificial sweeteners. These foods can make it harder for your body to heal and shake off an infection,” they said.According to the Snapper Hill Clinic’s own doctors, Liberian diets are primarily plant based. “Think potato greens, cassava leaf, etc. – so achieving a high-fiber, high plant food diet is possible,” they said. “However, heavy salt use and use of unprocessed oil, compromises the benefits of our local diet. The diets can be modified by substituting salt with culinary herbs such as onions, garlic, basil, parsley, ginger, pepper (in moderation) etc. and using processed oil (olive oil, vegetable oil, etc.). Most pork products are already salted for preservation so there’s no need to add additional salt when putting in dishes. Finally, reducing white rice intake and increasing bulgur wheat, brown rice and sweet potato intake also helps.”Meanwhile, Sirleaf explained that the two doctors are part of the first batch of professional doctors they are expected to come in the country to provide a first-class medical diagnosis for Liberians.On October 30, the Snapper Hill Clinic held a Medical Specialist Camp with the two doctors along with an oncologist, Dr. Aditi Bhatt, in partnership with Fortis Healthcare and Pathway International. Fortis is one of the largest chain of super specialty hospitals in Southeast Asia and is internationally recognized by the Joint Commission International (USA) and the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (India). Pathway International offers medical travel (tourism) across several African countries including Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The City Council’s Solid Waste Department now has a new Deputy Solid Waste Director, who will seek to lessen the workload of the current Director of Waste, Walter Narine. At Monday’s statutory meeting, the recommendation to appoint Floyd Rollins to the position was discussed.New Deputy Solid Waste Director Floyd RollinsAn internal vacancy was posted within the M&CC for qualified and able-bodied persons to apply for the time-consuming post. Rollins, who currently serves as an environmentalist for the M&CC, was singled out for the position. The job will entail assisting Narine in running the affairs of the city’s Solid Waste Department, which is currently busy with consulting citizens on implementing a fee for garbage collection.Councillor Noelle Chow-Chee stood before the Council and attested to the efficient work that Rollins is said to be doing. She noted that he was conscientious and she supported the idea to appoint him 100 per cent. After which, Councillor Alfred Mentore moved the motion to act on Town Clerk Royston King’s proposal to appoint Rollins. The motion garnered a total of 14 yes votes, zero opposing and three persons in abstention.Councillor Akeem Peter, who was acting as chair of the meeting in the absence of both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, was the first to congratulate Rollins on his new position and expressed hope that he would act well in his capacity.
– says Govt’s legal window to object to airline name long expiredWith the prospect of a legal challenge looming, authorities of the Guyana Airways Corporation Inc are questioning Government’s motive for blocking its entrance to the market…over a name.A Guyana Airlines planeIn a statement issued over the weekend, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Colin Abrams, revealed that his company has so far hired 120 Guyanese, and has a robust hiring programme for local youths as flight attendants.In addition, his hiring programme includes Dispatchers, Aircraft Engineers and Air Marshals. With the opportunities for these individuals now held up, Dr Abrams is demanding answers on the recent move by the Deeds and Commercial Registry to have the company de-registered because its name coincides with the former Guyana Airways.“Can someone please explain to me why this Government is blocking their youth from starting their high paying airline jobs? The youth of Linden, Georgetown, Buxton and everywhere else in the country, who have been placed in our hiring pool, cannot start working simply because the Government is hung up on our name. “The Government had the legal right to object within the 6-month time period after we received our corporate registration, (but they) failed to do their due diligence,” Dr Abrams has said.“Fast forward two years, they illegally and lawlessly unregistered my company just like that, without prior notification,” Dr Abrams complained.“It’s similar to a priest asking the congregation if there were any objections before he pronounced the couple man and wife. Then, two years later, after the couple were married and had kids, revoked their marriage certificate for frivolous reasons,” Dr Abrams explained.He is questioning whether the competition fears Guyana Airways Corporation Inc entering the market.He noted that the airline is made up of Guyanese, and moreover, offers affordable rates.“The legacy carriers do not have an AB Initio pilot program offering our local pilots an opportunity of advancement flying heavy jets. The legacy carriers do not have a hiring program for our local youth as flight attendants; and also, (there is) nothing for Aircraft Dispatchers, Aircraft Engineers or Air Marshals. We do. We have so far hired 120 Guyanese citizens, with more interviews and hiring to come in all of the above categories,” Dr Abrams explained.This publication, in its quest to seek answers on the controversy, reached out to Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and his deputy, Annette Ferguson. However, calls to the Ministers went unanswered.When contacted on Sunday, Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Director Egbert Fields distanced himself from the matter. He noted that getting the airline registered falls between the Registrar and the company.“I wait for them to submit their paper work based on if it is proven that the business is legitimate, and then I proceed. But what is happening is between the registrar and (company). When they sort out the matter, then I proceed after,” he related, declining to comment further.The Airline, two weeks ago, held an open day wherein it was announced that operations are expected to commence in October, with several Caribbean destinations and ultimately the United States of America being targeted.
Though Peyton Manning and his four offensive teammates from the champion Indianapolis Colts hadn’t yet arrived, the star-studded AFC squad enjoyed the first day of workouts Tuesday on Oahu’s scenic west shore. While league MVP Tomlinson no longer has any bad feelings toward the New England Patriots’ three-time Super Bowl-winning coach after their playoff meeting, another San Diego player’s feud still might be simmering: Merriman pointedly refused to speak to reporters after working out alongside Taylor, Miami’s NFL defensive player of the year. In late December, Taylor spoke out strongly against players who test positive for performance-enhancing substances. Though only some of his comments were addressed directly to Merriman, Taylor said players who use banned substances shouldn’t be allowed to receive postseason honors or even play in the league. Taylor and Merriman didn’t speak during Monday evening meetings or Tuesday’s practice, but Taylor believes the situation is workable. “We’ll talk,” said Taylor, who beat out Merriman for the defensive player award. “Shawne and I are on the same team, and I don’t think it’s going to be a problem for any of us. It’s not a big deal. I never said it was anything special about Shawne. I just felt like it’s something that it’s time for the league to address.” Indianapolis’ Dwight Freeney directed even more pointed comments at Merriman last week, echoing Taylor’s viewpoint. The NFL is reportedly considering a Pro Bowl ban as a consequence of a positive test. While Merriman had nothing to say, his teammates stuck by his side. Chargers fullback Lorenzo Neal also said he supports more stringent drug-testing – and he thinks Merriman would agree. “It’s not Shawne that’s in question,” Neal said. “He shouldn’t be slammed because of one bad mistake he made. He knows he was taking something he shouldn’t have been taking, but it wasn’t the way people are making it out to be. He didn’t read the labels (on a legal supplement). He made his choice, he paid his dues, and I think people need to let it go.” Tomlinson’s now-squashed problems with Belichick occupied much less time before practice. New England cornerback Ellis Hobbs added an insult to the Patriots’ road playoff victory over San Diego last month when he danced on the Chargers’ midfield logo with some of his teammates. Moments later, Tomlinson said the Patriots “showed no class, and maybe that comes from the head coach.” After having nearly a month to cool down, Tomlinson no longer blames Belichick. Tomlinson said both the coach and the running back “kind of apologized” Monday. “He was joking around, having a good time with all the guys,” Tomlinson said. “I told him that I said some things that maybe I shouldn’t have said, and in return, Bill said he didn’t even see Hobbs doing it, but after the game, he definitely said something to him about handling the situation better.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! KAPOLEI, Hawaii – LaDainian Tomlinson now thinks Bill Belichick has nothing but class, and Belichick says the feeling is mutual. Meanwhile, Jason Taylor has no problem starting alongside Shawne Merriman at the Pro Bowl – but it’s still unclear whether Merriman is less than thrilled to play with the Miami star who said the steroid-tainted San Diego linebacker shouldn’t be allowed to play in Hawaii.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As we begin to enter the Fall season, bears are starting to prepare for hibernation and the B.C. Conservation Officer Services would like to remind British Columbians of bear safety tips.Since the bears are entering hibernation, Conservation Officer, Nicole Caithness, says the bears will be foraging for food 20 hours a day in order to rack up the high amount of calories needed for hibernation.Caithness says it is important that all residents do their part to prevent attracting bears by securing all commercial and residential attractants, such as garbage disposal bins.- Advertisement -According to Caithness, Officers will be conducting audits across the province to ensure that communities are in compliance.Failure to comply risks being issued a Dangerous Wildlife Protection Order or a $230.00 fine.More bear safety tips can be found at bearsmart.com.Advertisement
There are some staggering bargains available at the three-day Furniture Liquidator stock disposal sale which takes place from October 28th-30th. The Furniture Liquidator sale, which will run all weekend from Friday-Sunday will have stock worth €2 million up for grabs!The sale is the biggest ever to be held in Donegal, and one of the biggest ever held in Ireland. There is literally everything you can imagine up for grabs, from laptops, microwaves, fabric suites, bedside lockers, blenders, toasters and kettles.However, one feature from the sale that catches the eye – is their incredible offer on Christmas Trees and Bikes.With the festive season just around the corner, why not purchase one of their fabulous trees for just €15! Yes, that’s right €15.They’ve got two hundred up for grabs, so make sure and snap them up before they’re all gone! We all know bikes are the must have accessory for kids at Christmas, while Xbox’s and PlayStation and other products are popular amongst our youth, no product gives you independence like your own bike does.So it is crucial you’ve got the wheels to impress all your friends, and at The Furniture Liquidator sale they’re giving away five hundred bikes!All bikes must go, adult and children bikes available so make sure and get down to this incredible clearance sale at the end of the month.Management told Donegal Daily, “It’s an incredible sale, and it’s the biggest we’ve ever had in Donegal, and I believe it’s one of the biggest in Ireland.“We will sell everything. We’ve got some incredible offers on a whole range of products and everything must go. “Full payment is required on the day, cash sales only on products under €100.“All purchases must be collected on the day, or a small delivery fee is payable on the day.”“Three great days of sale, so don’t miss out and look out for the big marquee!”Christmas trees and five hundred bikes must go at the Furniture Liquidator sale was last modified: October 24th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BikesBusinessChristmas TreesMassive SalenewsThe Furniture Liquidator
Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Santa Clarita have all tried to keep crime down while dealing with significant population growth. From 2000 to 2004, the three cities have each seen jumps of more than 6 percent. “The more people you have, the more possibility you have for higher crime,” city of Santa Clarita spokeswoman Gail Ortiz said. “In 2004, we had five murders. For a city of 170,000, that’s really good. We’d rather have none, but it’s still very low. We’re talking very small amounts of crime in a medium-size, growing city.” Ortiz questioned Morgan Quitno’s methodology, which only used six types of crime and weighted them evenly. Santa Clarita’s serious crimes – which include violent crimes and property crimes like auto theft and burglary – have dropped from 39 per 1,000 people in 1994 to 21 per 1,000 people in 2004, she said. “The best measure of how safe a community is isn’t these statistics,” Thousand Oaks City Manager Scott Mitnick said. “You look at the big picture – the property values, school test scores and health of the economy. We know we’re fortunate to succeed by all counts.” To view the complete list, go online to www.morganquitno.com. The company charges $1.99 for an immediate 28-page download. Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Glendale and Santa Clarita remain among the safest cities in the nation, despite a suburban population boom that pushed two of them down in the rankings. Thousand Oaks held steady at No. 7 in 2004 for cities with a population of more than 75,000, according to rankings released this week by Morgan Quitno, a publishing company that crunches FBI statistics. Simi Valley dropped from No. 17 to No. 22, and Santa Clarita fell 26 spots to No. 36 – behind No. 26 Glendale, the top-ranked city with a population more than 200,000. “People have come to expect that Thousand Oaks remains one of the safest cities in the nation,” Thousand Oaks Mayor Claudia Bill-de la Pea said. “As we continue to grow, we are going to attract a few more problems, but overall, Thousand Oaks can be very proud of maintaining its title as one of the safest cities in the nation.” Morgan Quitno ranked 369 cities with a population greater than 75,000 based on FBI crime statistics from 2004. The company used six crime categories, all weighted evenly – murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor-vehicle theft. Newton, Mass., Clarkstown, N.Y., and Amherst, N.Y, were ranked the safest cities in America. Burbank checked in at No. 75, Palmdale at No. 223, Lancaster at No. 261 and Los Angeles at No. 290. Glendale led cities with a population of more than 200,000, despite the Glendale Police Department’s claim that it is understaffed. The city hired 25 officers in the past two years, pushing the total to 270, and the City Council has pledged to hire 75 more over the coming decade. Glendale is the ninth-ranked city with a population over 100,000, down from No. 7 last year. “Certainly, as far as a large city with a population in excess of 200,000, that is excellent, something we can be very proud of,” Glendale Assistant Police Chief Ron DePompa said. “When you look at the 100,000 population benchmark, which is what we typically use, it is a little disconcerting that we have over time lost some ground there.”