Someone stole historic 1800s graveyard gate in Gibraltar, put it in their yard with Halloween decor



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Gibraltar put out a call for help, and then a thank-you when a historic graveyard gate dating back to the 1800s went missing from a city cemetery?

So, who stole or “borrowed” the cemetery gate?

Turns out it wasn’t a prank, it was a city resident looking to, ahem, spruce up their Halloween yard display with something, shall we say, authentic.

Police said the historic gate was recovered after a tip from a resident came in when the police asked for help on social media.

Gibraltar’s police chief Matthew Lawyer told the News-Herald that officers went to an address on Rose Street near Bayview and spotted the portion of missing gate.

“It was located in a resident’s front lawn with their Halloween decorations,” the police chief said.

So far, no tickets, arrests or charges have been made. “We haven’t made contact with the resident yet. Officers knocked on the door, but there was no answer.”

The missing gate drew 245 reactions in small town Gibraltar from residents who were delighted at its return.

Sandra Kurtyka wrote on Facebook, “Glad you got it back. Knew they had to take it for decoration. Surprised it was someone from the city tho. Not too bright.”

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Open Gate Kitchen in Costa Mesa dishes out hope, opportunity

When he lost his dad at the age of 13, Michael Rodriguez looked for ways to fill the void.

He turned to the neighborhood gang for support, and he had already begun experimenting with drugs a short time after. He was selling drugs just to get by.

“Once my dad died when I was 13, I wanted that love,” said Rodriguez, 25, of Stanton. “They all showed me love. I felt loved after my dad died, and I started hanging around with the wrong people, started using drugs, tried heroin after he died.

“I tried it a few times. I wasn’t addicted to it, but I liked the feeling. It kept me away from reality … about losing my dad.”

One thing led to another. By 14, Rodriguez was intermittently homeless. By 17, Rodriguez found a drug he had promised his dad he would never do in methamphetamine.

“I just cracked,” he recalled. “I tried it out. It was bad for a few years.”

Rodriguez said a family friend told him about a culinary school in Costa Mesa called Open Gate International, and it has become his way out.

The program takes aim at equipping people from vulnerable life situations with a skill set to find gainful employment, but also the life skills to make good choices.

Both Rodriguez and his stepbrother, David Lopez, 30, work for Open Gate Kitchen, the restaurant and proving ground for the culinary school’s graduates.

Open Gate International, an Orange County-based culinary school and nonprofit organization, has produced 138 graduates since it was launched in January 2017.

Guarded as one with his past might be, Rodriguez recounted that he would seldom talk to anyone when he entered the program. He learned to love it and said that Open Gate marked his first graduation of any kind, a broad smile showing on his face as he talked about the happiness it brought him.

Rodriguez is married. He has fathered two children from two different women, and he also has a stepdaughter. His outlook on life has improved dramatically. He says he has stayed away from drugs, with his kids serving as the motivation.

“We both lived that life,” Rodriguez said of himself and his stepbrother trying to turn their lives around. “We’re just trying to change now. We’re trying to progress.

“We’re trying to get a house together. From kids doing crimes and going to jail together to now we’re working, getting paychecks, saving.”

Open Gate Kitchen owner and founder Deidre Pujols, the wife of Albert Pujols, at Open Gate Kitchen in Costa Mesa.

Open Gate Kitchen owner and founder Deidre Pujols, the wife of Albert Pujols, at Open Gate Kitchen in Costa Mesa. Pujols’ nonprofit organization takes people from vulnerable life situations and gives them an opportunity to have sustained life success by learning the culinary arts.

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Human trafficking had been an issue that Deidre Pujols, 44, a champion for vulnerable populations and the wife of Angels baseball star Albert Pujols, wanted to address. Open Gate International grew out of those efforts.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson reveals he ripped the front gate off his house to get to work on time

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson proved his muscles aren’t just for show by ripping the front gate off his own house so that he could get to work on time.

The 48-year-old actor and fitness enthusiast shared a photo of his front gate laying in the grass near his home on Friday with a lengthy caption explaining that a power outage forced him to take matters into his own hands, literally, so that he could get back to work on the movie “Red Notice.”

“Not my finest hour, but a man’s gotta go to work. We experienced a power outage due to severe storms, causing my front gate not to open,” he wrote. “I tried to override the hydraulic system to open the gates, which usually works when power goes out – but this time it wouldn’t.”

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Johnson explained that the earliest estimate he could get for a technician to come and help was about 45 minutes.

“By this time, I know I have hundreds of production crew members waiting for me to come to work so we can start our day,” he continued. “So I did what I had to do. I pushed, pulled and ripped the gate completely off myself. Tore it out of the brick wall, severed the steel hydraulics and threw it on the grass.”

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson ripped the gate off his own house.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson ripped the gate off his own house.
(Vivian Zink/NBC)

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The “Jumanji” star noted that his security team waited until technicians arrived and replaced the gate. In a follow-up post, he shared a pair of videos showing the repairs being done as well as the damage the massive celebrity did on his own gate.

“Maybe next time I’ll just hop the gates and call an Uber. Actually, no I won’t. There’s no fun in that,” he joked in the caption.

“Just one of those days where I wasn’t in the mood,” he concluded. “We’ve all been there.”

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The actor was anxious to get back to work on his movie “Red Notice” alongside Ryan Reynolds. The film’s production was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but resumed production earlier this month.

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Engineers Gate Manager LP Purchases 30,772 Shares of Floor & Decor Holdings Inc (NYSE:FND)

Engineers Gate Manager LP boosted its position in shares of Floor & Decor Holdings Inc (NYSE:FND) by 303.0% during the second quarter, Holdings Channel.com reports. The fund owned 40,927 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 30,772 shares during the quarter. Engineers Gate Manager LP’s holdings in Floor & Decor were worth $2,359,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in FND. Financial Architects Inc raised its stake in Floor & Decor by 400.0% during the 1st quarter. Financial Architects Inc now owns 1,000 shares of the company’s stock worth $32,000 after acquiring an additional 800 shares during the period. Lenox Wealth Management Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Floor & Decor during the second quarter valued at approximately $48,000. Capital Analysts LLC bought a new stake in shares of Floor & Decor during the second quarter valued at approximately $49,000. Private Advisor Group LLC bought a new stake in shares of Floor & Decor during the second quarter valued at approximately $56,000. Finally, Fifth Third Bancorp raised its position in shares of Floor & Decor by 69.1% during the first quarter. Fifth Third Bancorp now owns 2,117 shares of the company’s stock valued at $68,000 after buying an additional 865 shares during the last quarter.

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on FND shares. Morgan Stanley lifted their price objective on shares of Floor & Decor from $28.00 to $70.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Monday, August 3rd. TheStreet upgraded shares of Floor & Decor from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Thursday, June 4th. Berenberg Bank started coverage on shares of Floor & Decor in a research report on Tuesday, June 23rd. They set a “buy” rating and a $74.00 price objective on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Floor & Decor from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $76.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Monday, August 3rd. Finally, Robert W. Baird lifted their price objective on shares of Floor & Decor from $60.00 to $75.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, July 27th. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, twelve have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $66.47.

Shares of FND stock traded up $2.01 on Monday, hitting $73.57. The stock had a trading volume of 8,205 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,443,758. The company has a quick ratio of 0.44, a current ratio of 1.56 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.30. The business has a 50 day moving average price of $69.60

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Royal Mail postman caught hurling parcel 30ft over garden gate

A ROYAL Mail postman has been caught on camera hurling a parcel 30 FOOT over a garden gate.

Homeowner Damien Cooke was left stunned when he saw the postie lob the package towards his front door on the intercom camera – rather than just ring the bell.

The Royal Mail postman was seen lobbing the package over the garden gate

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The Royal Mail postman was seen lobbing the package over the garden gateCredit: Triangle News
Estate agent Damien Cooke was stunned to see the postie hurl the package towards his front door without ringing the bell

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Estate agent Damien Cooke was stunned to see the postie hurl the package towards his front door without ringing the bellCredit: Triangle News

Estate agent Damien was got a Ring.com notification on his mobile that someone was approaching his house

But he was shocked as he watched the postman practice his shot putt skills and fling the package over his garden gate towards the front door.

He even compared the postie to former Brit Olympic shot putt star Geoff Capes, joking: “It was the best throw I’ve ever seen.

“He was like Geoff Capes, it must have gone about 30ft.”

Damien, of Margate, Kent, was left miffed that the postman didn’t ring the bell and just come through the garden gate like other delivery workers.

He added: “The slightly frustrating thing for me is it gives me a notification when someone is there.

‘HE JUST THREW IT’

“But he didn’t even ring the intercom.

“He just threw it.”

The package, containing cosmetics gifts for his wife, was left with “a few dents” in it, but luckily nothing was broken.

Damien, owner of Cooke & Co estate agents, shared the video on Facebook, which drew a hilarious reaction from pals.

One wrote: “Sign him up for the England cricket team.”

A Royal Mail Spokesperson told The Sun Online: “All items of mail are important to Royal Mail. We expect the highest standards of behaviour of all our colleagues at all times. 

“We apologise for this incident and are looking into it”.

The package, with cosmetics for his wife, was left slightly damaged

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The package, with cosmetics for his wife, was left slightly damagedCredit: Triangle News
House owner Damien was left miffed that the postie didn't ring the bell

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House owner Damien was left miffed that the postie didn’t ring the bellCredit: Triangle News
Damien Cooke, 49, said that delivery workers usually ring the bell and come through his garden gate

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Damien Cooke, 49, said that delivery workers usually ring the bell and come through his garden gateCredit: Cooke and Co

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