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Off-duty cop nabs shoplifter

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Ashoplifting suspect who may have impersonated a Lowe’s employee was arrested on Oct. 13 after an off-duty police officer became suspicious, according to an article in Herald-Citizen.

Off-duty police officer Shannon Smith was shopping at a Lowe’s store in Cookeville, Tenn., when she allegedly saw a man take a Paslode cordless nail gun out of the store without paying. She contacted other officers, then watched the suspect leave with another individual in a newer model white Toyota.

Police were able to stop the vehicle based on Smith’s description. An officer allegedly found the nail gun, still in its box, and five hypodermic syringes. Arrested were the driver, Rainn Wanos Martin, 31, and Brent Lee Hamby, 29, the passenger. Both were cited for shoplifting and for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lowe’s employees told officers they saw one of the suspects in the store wearing a Lowe’s apron. An employee apron was later found that had been “cut completely in half down the back,” according to the police report.

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In September, an uptick in starts

BY HBSDEALER Staff

While still nothing to celebrate, September was the best month for housing starts since April, according to data released Tuesday by the Department of Commerce.

Total September housing starts came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 610,000, a 0.3% increase above the upwardly revised August estimate. The September figure is also 4.1% above the September 2009 rate of 586,000.

Single-family housing starts were at a rate of 452,000, up 4.4% above the downwardly revised August figure of 433,000. While still near the record low pace of 420,000, it’s the highest rate since May.

On a regional basis, single-family residential construction in the Northeast increased 66.7% compared with last month and increased 17.6% compared with the same month last year. However, in the South, year-over-year single-family starts declined 17.0%, and month-to-month starts were flat.

Building permits in September were at a rate of 539,000, down 5.6% from the revised August rate, and down 10.9% from the September 2009 estimate. Single-family building permits were up 0.5% to a rate of 405,000.

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Tractor Supply store slated for Maine

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Anew Tractor Supply store is planned for next year in an old L.L. Bean call center in Waterville, Maine, according to the Morning Sentinel.

The article said the Waterville planning board recently approved revisions to the previously approved plan for the 24,000-sq.-ft. store.

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