first_imgThe sheriff’s office had a warrant for Shirley Merritt’s arrest, the man on the line told her, and she needed to fork over what sounded like bond or fine money, or face at least 72 hours in jail.Merritt, from Hazel Dell, got the call Friday morning.“They identified themselves as the Clark County sheriff’s department, looking for Shirley Merritt, etc., etc.,” she said. “When the sheriff’s department’s calling, you kind of want to talk to them to see what they want.”They called Friday morning, and told Merritt she had failed to appear for jury duty, and they had a paper she’d signed saying she was notified. Merritt had been summoned for jury duty once some time ago, but was excused, and she said she never received any kind of notice recently.It seemed fishy, but she decided to play along for a bit after they told her she needed pick up a prepaid debit card. They told her to go to Rite Aid and buy a Green Dot MoneyPak reloadable debit card so she could give them the information on the back to pay up.“I say, ‘You go to a grocery store and pay a bond? Why wouldn’t you go to a bail bond place?’ ” she said.last_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterAs part of its continuing partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Seabourn has announced a new line up of prominent speakers who will join the Seabourn Conversations enrichment programme this year.Conversation topics onboard will cover culture, heritage, history, and the importance of sustainable tourism in preserving World Heritage Sites across the globe.Among those sharing their insights will be a number of UNESCO advisors and consultants including renowned Canadian Geologist Dr. Catherine Hickson; the 2013 lead UNESCO Advisor in Afghanistan and a Global Monitoring Agent for UNESCO World Heritage threatened sites Alessandra Borchi; and Peter Stott, an Industrial Historian, Archaeologist and Architect, as well as an expert on the architecture of Quebec City World Heritage Site.“UNESCO’s vital role in encouraging cultural understanding and preservation always makes for fascinating conversation on Seabourn, and the seasons ahead will continue the tradition,” Seabourn Senior Vice President Global Marketing and Sales John Delaney said.“The significance of educational experiences continues to grow and inspire, and we’re always excited to welcome those who lend their expertise to UNESCO to engage our guests about such important topics as sustainable tourism, culture and heritage.”Seabourn’s ships circle the globe throughout the year, sailing to the world’s most desirable destinations on itineraries that include more than 150 designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.Through its partnership with UNESCO, Seabourn offers deeper insight and behind-the-scenes information about current and future World Heritage sites and projects. The line has created special World Heritage Discovery Tours with exclusive and enhanced content developed in cooperation with UNESCO World Heritage site managers and tour experts.Fares for Seabourn optional excursions that include UNESCO World Heritage Sites include a small donation to UNESCO’s World Heritage Fund.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more