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Russian crime ring targets California Home Depots

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Three Russian nationals suspected in a series of burglaries at Home Depot were arrested by the California Highway Patrol on April 13, according to an article in the Chico Enterprise Record.

Yeugeniy Ivakhov, 24, of Carmichael; Vlademir Ivakhov, 19, of Carmichael; and Andrey Gelis, 26, of North Highlands were taken into custody after they were stopped for a vehicle code violation in Marysville, Calif. The CHP officer allegedly found unopened boxes of merchandise from Home Depot in the trunk. The estimated value of the items was $1,600.

Upon further investigation, the men were identified as suspects in burglaries of other Home Depot stores in the area. Authorities said the men operated a theft ring where two of them ran out of stores with merchandise while the third waited in a getaway car.

One of the suspects, Gelis, has warrants for his arrest in Sonoma, Napa, San Joaquin and Monterey counties, according to police.

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STAFDA taps “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot as keynoter

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Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger will deliver the keynote address during the STAFDA 2011 Convention & Trade Show in San Antonio Nov. 13 to 15.

Sullenberger’s presentation — described with the theme "Leadership that Transforms" — will include advice and observations on peak performance. Sullenberger achieved international fame in January 2009 when he pulled off a dramatic emergency landing on the icy Hudson River after engine failure.

During the 2010 convention, STAFDA, Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate, delivered the keynote address.

Sullenberger will speak Nov. 14 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

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In Las Vegas, a bigger outdoors

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The growing trends of outdoor rooms, staycations and grow-your-own gardening will be reflected on the show floor at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas May 10 to 12.

A larger Lawn & Garden/Outdoor Living area is one sign of the times.

“Americans have expanded their living spaces to their backyards, and the Lawn & Garden/Outdoor Living section at the National Hardware Show has grown right along with this trend,” said Rich Russo, event director, National Hardware Show. “The 2011 event will showcase not only the growing number of products for America’s outdoor rooms, but the latest in green and organic products.”

The event held in the Las Vegas Convention Center will offer the latest product innovations from more than 600 exhibitors.

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