State Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Treatsie LLC of Little Rock have reached a settlement to resolve allegations that the candy company continued to sell and advertise subscriptions for their gourmet candy boxes, but failed to deliver hundreds of the boxes, but in some cases, delivered the orders months late.
The company was founded by Keith Holezeman and Jamie Walden. Holezeman, formerly of North Little Rock, now lives in Maumelle and Walden lives in Little Rock.
The consent judgment, which was filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court, includes $154,644.70 in restitution to consumers, including $4,076.12 for 145 Arkansans. Treatsie will also pay $60,000 in civil penalties, with $50,000 in civil penalties suspended.
The company also failed to refund subscription costs to customers who did not receive the goods they ordered.
“Treatsie customers will now be made whole with this settlement,” Rutledge said in a release. “The deceptive business practices of Treatsie and its owners brought financial losses to consumers. I am pleased the company is being held responsible for their bad business practices.”
Rutledge filed a consumer-protection lawsuit against Treatsie in March. The Better Business Bureau began receiving complaints about the deceptive practices of Treatsie in winter 2015 and Treatsie closed its doors in 2017.
The Maumelle Newcomers Luncheon will be held at the Maumelle Country Club this Thursday, May 17 at 11 a.m.. Cost is $15. Our guest will be Ann West who will discuss the activities of LifeQuest, including classes for lifelong learning and community service.
Golf tournament today
The Maumelle Country Club will host the annual Maumelle Area Chamber of Commerce golf tournament at 11 a.m.
For more information, call the chamber at 851-9700.
Turner named Presidential Scholar
Maumelle High School senior Ashley Turner was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar last week.
The announcement was made by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos as 161 seniors from around the country were honored.
Turner was nominated for the honor by the school and was selected in the Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education category, of which only 20 students from around the country were chosen in.
Others selected from Arkansas were Jon C. Boekhout, Hot Springs and Anika Mittal, Blytheville.
The 2018 ceremony will be held June 24, when each honoree will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion.
Clifford Haney of Maumelle was among a group of Phi Beta Lambda members from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to receive an award during the organization’s annual state leadership conference April 6-7.
The state conference was held in North Little Rock, where Phi Beta Lambda members met to network and attend workshops on leadership development, community service, and additional topics. Participating members also competed in over 55 events for a chance to represent Arkansas at the national leadership conference.
Haney won first place in the job interview competition.
The students who received first, second, or third place in their categories will represent the university in those categories during the national competition.
“Competing at the national level requires twice the effort, because during nationals, winners from each state compete, so it’s the best against the best,” said Shibani Lal, president of the UALR Phi Beta Lambda chapter. “Students will also have the opportunity to meet and network with other members from across the state, attend workshops, and earn recognition in their chosen competitive events.”
Along with individual awards, the UALR Phi Beta Lambda chapter was awarded first place for the largest local chapter membership percentage increase, which grew by 150 percent. The chapter grew from 11 to 40 members in less than a year. The chapter also won fourth place for the largest local chapter membership.
“These achievements allow current members to stay motivated to compete in future events,” said Lal. “For future members, these achievements inspire them to participate in the organization.”
Dr. Casey Rockwell, assistant professor of marketing, and Sarah Clements, business information systems instructor, both serve as the organization’s faculty advisors.
The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s “Sandwiching in History” tour will visit the Maumelle Ordnance Works Bunker #4 at 4 Willastein Drive in Maumelle on June 1.
The “Sandwiching in History” tour series targets Pulaski County structures and sites. The noontime series includes a brief lecture and tour of the subject property. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunches with them. The American Institute of Architects offers one HSW continuing education learning unit credit for members who attend a “Sandwiching in History” tour.
Other 2018 “Sandwiching in History” tours are:
July 6, William E. Woodruff House, 1017 East Eighth St., Little Rock;
Aug. 3, National Old Line Building, 501 Woodlane St., Little Rock;
Sept. 7, Matthews-Storey House, 8115 Ascension Lane, Little Rock;
Oct. 5, Rock Island Argenta Depot, 1201 East Fourth St., North Little Rock;
Nov. 2, Mary H. Matthews Lustron House, 5021 Maryland Ave., Little Rock
Dec. 7, Curran Hall, 615 East Capitol Ave., Little Rock.
All tours are free and open to the public. For information, call 324-9880 or visit www.arkansaspreservation.org.