May 19, 2020

Man Fatally Shot at Canadian Border Wanted for Questioning in Murder

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Man Fatally Shot at Canadian Border Wanted for Questioning in Murder

Jamison Childress, 20, was shot and killed after he illegally entered Washington State via the U.S./Canada border near Sumas, Washington last Thursday.

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Childress was wanted for his suspected involvement in the murder of Calgary teenager, Brando Walker. Walker’s partially-burned body was found on March 7th in the Elbow River near the Weaselhead Bridge. While Childress was one of four people wanted in connection with the murder, Chad William Gosselin, also of Calgary, was charged with accessory to murder on March 19th. Gosselin is 21 years old.

As well, a 15-year-old boy was charged with second-degree murder in the Walker case and will appear in court today—March 24th. On March 21st, Dylan Steven Cameron, 20, was charged with manslaughter.

Childress was attempting to sneak into the United States when he was fatally shot. Childress was reportedly acting unstable and his actions were threatening. He sprayed the border agent with an unknown chemical substance before being shot.

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Childress was shot and died from a single gunshot wound to the head. Someone with the same name—Jamison Childress—has faced various charges in British Columbia communities, such as Fraser Lake and Prince George. However, whether the man is the one and the same is still unknown.

Border patrol agents originally responded when a sensor along the border was activated. According to investigators, Childress was reportedly carrying a backpack that held a hatchet. Specifically speaking, the shooting took place on Kneuman Road—300 meters from the U.S.-Canada border.

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Federal and local United States agencies are investigating, with the assistance of the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Internal Affairs.

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Jun 14, 2021

Giving efficiency the full throttle at NASCAR

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CDW is a leading provider of information technology solutions, optimized business workflow and data capture systems for the auto racing company.

The NASCAR organization has long been synonymous with speed, agility and innovation. And so by extension, partnerships at NASCAR hold a similar reputation. One such partner for the organization has been CDW – a leading multi-brand provider of information technology solutions to businesses, government, education and healthcare customers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. CDW provides a broad array of products and services ranging from hardware and software to integrated IT solutions such as security cloud hybrid infrastructure and digital experience. Customer need is the driving force at CDW, and the company helps clients by delivering integrated services solutions that maximize their technology investment. So how does CDW help their customers achieve their business goals? Troy Okerberg, Field Sales Manager - North Florida at CDW adds “We strive to provide our customers with full stack expertise, helping them design, orchestrate and manage technologies that drive their business outcomes.” 

NASCAR acquired International Speedway Corporation (ISC) in 2019, merging its operations into one, new company moving forward. The merger represents an important step forward for NASCAR as the sport creates a unified vision to embrace its long history of exciting, family-oriented racing experiences while developing strategic growth initiatives that will drive the passion of core fans and attract the next generation of race fans. CDW has been instrumental in bringing the two technology environments together to enable collaboration and efficiency as one organization. Starting with a comprehensive analysis of all of NASCAR’s vendors, CDW created a uniform data platform for the data center environment across the NASCAR-ISC organization. The IT partner has also successfully merged the two native infrastructure systems together, while analyzing, consulting and providing an opportunity to merge Microsoft software licenses as well. 

2020 turned into a tactical year for both organizations with the onset of the pandemic and CDW has had to react quickly to the changing scenario. Most of the initial change included building efficiencies around logistics, like equipment needing to be delivered into the hands of end users who switched to a virtual working environment almost overnight. CDW’s distribution team worked tirelessly to ensure that all customers could still access the products that they were purchasing and needed for their organizations throughout the COVID timeframe. Okerberg adds that today, CDW continues to optimize their offering by hyper-localizing resources as well as providing need-based support based on the size and complexity of their accounts. Although CDW still operates remotely, the company commits to adapting to the changing needs of their clients, NASCAR in particular. Apart from the challenges that COVID-19 brought to the organization, another task that CDW had been handed was to identify gaps and duplicates in vendor agreements that the two former single-entity organizations had in place and align them based on services offered. CDW further helps identify and provide the best solution from a consolidation standpoint of both hardware and software clients so that the new merged organization is equipped with the best of what the industry has to offer. 

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