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Shoplifter of the Week: Suspect with a shopping list

BY HBSDEALER Staff

ACentral Florida woman was arrested for shoplifting at a Home Depot store on Nov. 11 after surveillance video caught her stuffing DeWalt drills and Duracell batteries into her personal bag, according to an article in the Pinellas Park Beacon.

Jolene Marie Manthei, 29, was taken into custody by police after Home Depot loss prevention personnel stopped her after she allegedly walked out of a Home Depot store in Pinellas Park, Fla., with unpaid merchandise.

Manthei had two different types of DeWalt drills and Duracell batteries, for a total value of $284, in her purse, according to authorities. Manthei told police a male in her family had instructed her to take the items, threatening her with a gun.

She also carried a handwritten note listing “any DeWalt tools,” torches and lighter for torches as items to steal from Home Depot. It also included items Manthei should steal from Walmart, including batteries, radios, fog lights, clothes, a wireless network adapter, the article said.

Manthei was charged with shoplifting and booked into Pinellas County jail.

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Obituary: William Cowling, Dixieline president

BY HBSDEALER Staff

William Cowling Jr., the former president of Dixieline Lumber, died of Parkinson’s disease on Nov. 27. He was 81 years old.

Known to most people as simply “Cowling,” the retired lumberman began working at Dixie Lumber in San Diego while his father, William Cowling Sr., was one of the owners. After a merger and a name change, the Cowling family sold Dixieline Lumber to Weyerhaeuser in 1979. Fifteen years later, in 1994, the family regained control of the company.

In 2003, the 90-year-old lumberyard chain was sold to Lanoga Corp. By then it had grown to a company with 10 locations serving most of Southern California, including a truss and component plant, a lumber distribution facility and a lumber shipping facility on the Columbia River in Oregon. Annual revenues were $230 million. 

Cowling stayed on as a consultant for several years at Dixieline, which later became part of ProBuild. During his retirement, Cowling became active in law enforcement, becoming a reserve officer for the San Diego Police Department as well as the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Cowling is survived by his wife Ovie, of 47 years, seven children, and 12 grandchildren.

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NAWLA releases attendance figures for Chicago event

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The North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) saw attendance increase 3.5% at its NAWLA Traders Market in Chicago.

Overall attendance at the Nov. 3-5 event held in Chicago was 1,148, made up of almost equal parts producers and wholesalers, according to the group. (Click here for the complete attendee list.) Attendees represented nine countries.

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