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College student accused of stealing welder – twice

BY HBSDealer Staff

A 30-year-old man was arrested at a Home Depot store in Natick, Mass. for stealing a $524 welder, according to an article in the Metro West Daily News

Store security apprehended Brandon Wood, a student at UMass-Boston, on July 13 after he loaded the welder into a cart. They told police they recognized him as someone who had stole the same welder the week before but had evaded loss personnel officers. 

Wood was charged with two counts of larceny of property worth more than $250. Prosecutors claimed he had two open shoplifting cases in Springfield County Court. 

The suspect’s bail was set at $500.

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Herbicide suspected in widespread tree deaths

BY HBSDealer Staff

An article in the Columbus Dispatch reported that a new herbicide is suspected of killing thousands of trees in a problem that’s causing havoc among nursery companies.

The name of the suspected herbicide is Imprelis. It was introduced in the market by DuPont last fall and is used by lawn-care companies. The newspaper reported that about 75% of Ohio landscapers and golf course superintendents used Imprelis this year. 

There is no version of the product designed for consumers.

Aware of complaints, DuPont officials have told users to avoid using the herbicide near Norwary spruces and white pines and other plants. It also told the paper it continues to investigate the problem of dying trees.

 

 

 

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Feeney expands line of CableRail cable fittings

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Oakland, Calif.-based Feeney Inc., makers of the CableRail brand of architectural cable assemblies, introduced its new line of CableRail swageless Quick-Connect cable hardware. Feeney has taken the patented automatic-locking-jaw design of its original Quick-Connect fitting and applied it to an entire line of cable-end fittings.  

“With the expansion of the Quick-Connect line we’ve provided cable installers more flexibility in the field," said Andrew Toimil, VP operations at Feeney. "Not only are there more fitting styles to accommodate virtually any railing installation condition or design need, but the functional simplicity of the fittings also saves  a lot of time during installation."

Quick-Connect fittings attach to the cable by hand in the field without special tools. Special spring-loaded one-way jaws allow the end of the cable to easily slide into the fitting and then automatically grab and lock on when the cable is pulled back, according to the company.

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