Urban Outfitters will open a store in Eddy Street Commons in September after Notre Dame students promoted the location to the popular retailer, according to Gregory Hakanen, director of Asset Management at Notre Dame. “Urban Outfitters is a fantastic retailer,” he said. “It is really terrific for college-age and student audiences so we are thrilled to have them at Eddy Street.” Kite Realty Group, based in Indianapolis, talked with Urban Outfitters for about three years before closing the deal. Former student body president Grant Schmidt and vice president Cynthia Weber made a video pitch during the 2009-10 school year for Urban Outfitters with the help of other student leaders. Kite suggested the video as a “grassroots” effort to bring the retailer to South Bend, Schmidt said. “It was not just the development that wanted [the retailer] but Notre Dame students thought Urban Outfitters would be successful too,” Schmidt said. Schmidt and Weber asked the student body for suggestions on retailers at Eddy Street Commons in an e-mail last fall. “The student involvement was just extraordinary,” Hakanen said. “I have been doing this for a while, and I have never seen anything like it.” The video began with an introduction from Schmidt. “We have been working all year with Eddy Street Commons trying to evaluate what would be successful and what would be appealing to the Notre Dame student body,” he said. “And I can honestly say that an Urban Outfitters would be a huge success.” Schmidt wore a Polo sweater in the video. “The reason I am not wearing Urban Outfitters clothing is because we don’t have one,” he said. The video showed students from around campus explaining why they would shop at Urban Outfitters in Eddy Street Commons. The retailer received overwhelming support, Schmidt said. “Once we got those votes, we thought Urban Outfitters would be extremely successful,” he said. “There were really not that many retail stores that were close to Notre Dame’s campus.” Schmidt said the store will draw shoppers from campus as well as from the local community. “It is one of those trendy stores that I think will be popular with both Notre Dame students and with South Bend,” he said. “I think we saw, as well as Urban Outfitters and Kite saw, that [Eddy Street Commons] would be a location that would attract both of those markets.” The petition and the video were sent to Urban Outfitters along with a packet of information about the local area, Schmidt said. Hakanen said Urban Outfitters should be successful in this area. “Prior to Eddy Street Commons, there was extremely limited retail close to campus,” he said. “There are a number of college-age retailers at University Park Mall but Urban Outfitters was conspicuously absent.” The next phase for the development will expand Eddy Street Commons onto the next block south, but planning has not begun for the new space, Hakanen said. Hakanen said he hoped Urban Outfitters would draw similar retailers to the development. “We have a strong restaurant line-up, and it is important to balance that,” he said. “Urban Outfitters will be a wonderful, wonderful retailer for the area.”
Heading west for the weekend, the UW rowing team faces strong headwinds against two of the nation’s top teams: Stanford University and the University of California, ranked No. 7 and No. 4, respectively, in the Men’s Collegiate Coaches poll. The Badgers meet these two tough West Coast teams at Stanford’s home waterfront at Redwood Shores, Calif.After being confined for more than five months inside the Porter Boathouse, the Badgers are finally out on the water and intent upon making their presence known this weekend. While the Porter Boathouse facilities keep the Badgers going all year, it can be very taxing on a team to be inside for such a long time. Last week the Badgers finally got out onto Lake Mendota after one of Madison’s longest winters.“Inside gets to be so harsh, dull and just painful on those rowing machines. … Even though it’s 38 [degrees] and raining, it’s still better than being inside,” head coach Chris Clark said.The Badgers began their spring season against Minnesota last week. In a good start-up race, they swept the weaker team in three races.“It was good for us to get those races under our belt,” senior Alex Bisset said. “It’s nice to get out on a different race course, and it was a good way to get into the racing season.”The opponents at the Stanford Invitational will set the bar a lot higher for this Badger team. Both Stanford and California have a significant advantage over Wisconsin in that they are in the water most, if not all, of the year, while Wisconsin has only been out on the water for about one week now.Despite having only competed in one event this season, the Badgers are highly ranked at No. 8 in the country. In the eyes of their head coach, however, “we’re overrated at this point.” Clark said. “How can we be ranked as high as we are, when we haven’t even rowed, and we just got on the water last week?”The Badgers will have a lot to prove against Stanford and California. While Wisconsin has only faced Minnesota so far this spring, both Stanford and California have raced against the No. 1-ranked University of Washington as well as the No. 2-ranked Princeton University. While Wisconsin hones a great crop of rowers mostly from the Midwest, Stanford and California are known for their ability to recruit internationally.“It’s going to be unpredictable,” Clark said. “Everything tells me there’s no way we can beat those teams. Between the two of them, they have over 20 guys that have rowed internationally.”However, the Badgers are stocked with upperclassmen who add experience to Wisconsin’s skill. This weekend’s event consists of only eight-man boats, rather than six-man boats, which increases the number of players that Wisconsin is relying on.“We have 33 rowers [in total], so there’s depth all the way down. Nine of the 16 [who will row this weekend] are juniors and have been there before, so they kind of know what they’re getting into at this particular place,” Clark added.The Stanford Invitational will set the stage for a demanding spring season for Wisconsin. Throughout the season, UW will face a number of top teams besides Stanford and California, including Boston University and the U.S. Naval Academy. These races will prepare the Badgers for the ultimate test in June at the IRA Championships, where, regardless of this weekend’s outcome, Wisconsin is sure to meet up with Stanford and California again.“This [weekend] gives us a good idea about where we’re at in terms of speed compared to other top crews in the country,” junior Anthony Hoell said. “But it gives us a point of where we are and where we need to go for the rest of the season.”
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.Â â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Michael Murphy, born in 1991, of Emporia, was charged with theft, a level 9 felony of property over $1,000 but less than $25,000.Murphy is accused of stealing a 1999 GMC Sierra truck, valued over $1,000.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢ Francis Castro, born in 1995, of Emporia was charged with theft, a level 9 felony of property over $1,000 but less than $25,000.Castro is accused of stealing a 1999 GMC Sierra truck. He was also accused of stealing a Neon car in an earlier complaint.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢John Noyes, born in 1976, of Wellington, was charged with 13 traffic violations as well as fleeing or eluding a police officer, a Level 9 person felony.On May 13, 2013, Noyes was driving a 2002 Saturn and refused to bring it to a stop when a Caldwell Police Department officers had given him visual and audible signals with emergency lights to do so.Noyes then allegedly took off, failing to stop at a stop sign at Central and St. Mary’s Street, St. Mary’s and First Street; Market and 7th Street, Main and 7th Street, and Main and 6th Street. He was also accused of driving 70 miles per hour in a 30 miles per hour zone.Once apprehended, Noyes was also charged with transporting an open container, an unclassified misdemeanor; driving while suspended or revoked; a class B misdemeanor; and reckless driving, a Class C misdemeanor.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢James Jacob Beltz, born in 1989, of Belle Plaine was charged with criminal threat, a level 9 person felony; disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor; and criminal damage to property, a Class B misdemeanor.According to the complaint, Beltz threatened two alleged victims after one of them didn’t buy the right kind of beer and when he got home the argument continued and accelerated to Beltz telling one of them if he had a gun he would shoot her in the face.He then allegedly kicked the bedroom door after using abusive language. After it broke, and was asked why it was broke he continued with abusive language the complaint said.Beltz is also accused of damaging several picture frames and a telephone, which prompted one of the alleged victims to call the police.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Gina Gleason, born in 1977, of Winfield was charged with possession of methamphetamine; a level 5 drug felony. She is also accused of theft, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.Gleason is accused of taking Wellington Wal-Mart merchandise worth $522 on June 9, 2013, which she pushed outside in a cart without paying. She is also accused of having a glass meth pipe with residue in her purse.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢David Lozano, born in 1978, of Wellington was charged with possession of marijuana and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia – all misdemeanors.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Justin Goings, born in 1980, of Wellington was charged with false impersonation, a Class B misdemeanor; and telephone harassment, a Class A misdemeanor.According to the complaint, Goings misrepresented himself calling a woman at north F St. in Wellington stating that he was an officer of the court and legal counsel of another person. He allegedly left the false impression that he was an attorney when in reality he had no license to practice law in Kansas.He then is accused of using his wife’s cell phone and a *67 call blocking feature to make another call with “intent to abuse, threaten or harass any person on the receiving end,” the complaint said.Goings allegedly claimed to the alleged vicim that he was legal counsel for another person and she was in violation of parental custody documents and she could be arrested. Goings allegedly said he was an “officer of the court” and although she could be in serious trouble he would let her off with a warning this time.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Dale Church, born in 1938, of Wellington was charged with telephone harassment, a Class A misdemeanor.Church is accused of making a phone call to a relative at 3:30 p.m. on June 10. She told him to quit calling her residence. Thereafter at about 4:35 p.m while a Wellington Police Department deputy was present at the residence, Church allegedly called them twice and hung up both times when the owner answered these calls.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢David Farley, born in 1947, of Wellington was charged with battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and criminal threat, level 9 felony.Farley is accused of punching an alleged victim on the chin on June 6. During an argument, he allegedly said he was going to kill the alleged victim and his mother.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Rebecca Livingston, born in 1973, of Wellington was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 drug felony. She was also charged with interference of a law enforcement officer, and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.Livingston is accused of obstructing a law enforcement officer from locating and apprehending Justin Morris on an arrest warrant. She allegedly told officers that Morris was in jail in Barton County when he was hiding in the next room.She is also accused of possessing two plastic baggies containing methamphetamine and a glass pipe in her purse at 868 W. 80th Ave., north of Conway Springs when she was arrested.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Vicente Giles, born in 1975, of Arkansas City was charged with identity theft, a level 8 felony; and two counts of identity fraud, a level 8 felony.Giles is accused of falsely possessing a personal identification information of a specific person with the intent to obtain and maintain employment at Elkhorn Valley in Wellington when he filled out Form I-9 on July 6, 2012 in Wellington.He allegedly used the alleged victim’s name and obtained a paycheck falsely listing his name. Giles also used the victim’s social security number therefore making him legally eligible for employment.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Christopher Nickum, born in 1978, in Oxford was charged with domestic battery, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property – all misdemeanors.Nickum is accused of angrily pinning an alleged victim on the bed with her arm pulled behind her head.He then allegedly addressed profanity at her and struck the front door with his fist.He is also accused of punching a hole in the bathroom wall with his fist which caused about $50 in damages.