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Suspected shoplifter came right from court hearing

BY Brae Canlen

A woman arrested for shoplifting from a Home Depot in Tewksbury, Mass., spent the morning in court being arraigned on burglary charges, according to an article in the Tewksbury Patch.

Erica Jane Ruane, 25, was arrested by Tewksbury Police on the night of Dec. 4 for breaking into a home, along with two accomplices, earlier that day.

On Dec. 5, Raune was arraigned in Lowell District Court and released pending her next court date. Later that same day, she and another woman were arrested at a Home Depot for allegedly stealing  merchandise worth more than $100 in value.

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Thomas Creek expands wood countertop line

BY Ken Clark

Omaha, Neb.-based Thomas Creek Wood Countertops introduced its custom wood countertop line to service home centers, cabinet dealers and manufacturers nationwide.    

Countertops are available in multiple thicknesses, species and configurations, including both end-grain and edge-grain. Hundreds of possible combinations are available, the company said.

A sample and display program has been developed to support customers’ specific needs, and supporting literature and product details are available on the company’s website.    

In addition to countertops, Thomas Creek manufactures a variety of components for kitchen and bath cabinet manufacturers at its facility in Wood Lake, Minn.     

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Small business owners pessimistic

BY Brae Canlen

Small business owners as a group are now the most pessimistic they have been since the third quarter of 2010, according to the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index. The index fell 28 points to negative 11 in the post-election survey conducted Nov. 12 to 16, 2012. Key drivers of this decline include business owners’ concerns about their future financial situation, cash flow, capital spending and hiring over the next 12 months.

“This is an eye-opening drop in optimism and shows the level of caution that exists among small business owners today,” said Marc Bernstein, head of Small Business for Wells Fargo. “Business owners who navigated through the Great Recession now face more uncharted territory created by ongoing uncertainty in Washington. These owners know that potential federal government spending cuts and tax changes can create a ripple effect, hitting the pocketbooks of consumers and reducing spending that could hit small businesses hard.” 

Wells Fargo, together with Gallup, surveys small business owners quarterly across the nation to gauge their perceptions of their present situation (past 12 months) and future expectations (next 12 months) in six key areas: financial situation, cash flow, revenues, capital spending allocation, hiring and credit availability.

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