Daily Archives: May 24, 2010

Cathedral Art Metal of Rhode Island sues Wichita’s JT Enterprises for copyright infringement

WICHITA — Rhode Island-based Cathedral Art Metal has filed a federal lawsuit against Wichita-based JT Enterprises alleging copyright infringement.

Cathedral Art designs and manufactures inspirational, religious and other gifts and jewelry.

JT Enterprises is a distributor of a variety of fundraising items.

At issue is a line of religious and inspirational bookmarks, a plaque with the Lord’s Prayer and an art angel logo, all of which Cathedral Art says it created.

Cathedral Art contends that JT Enterprises has sold and tried to distribute virtually identical items.

A lawyer for Cathedral Art didn’t return a call for comment.

John Auch, president of JT Enterprises, says he can’t comment on the case.

Cathedral Art claims JT Enterprises “has derived substantial revenue from the sale of the infringing works, which revenue it is not entitled to retain.”

In addition to recovering that money and legal fees, Cathedral Art wants the court to prohibit JT Enterprises from being able to continue selling those items in the future.

Wal-Mart employee foils a shoplifter — and loses her job

WICHITA — Heather Ravenstein tried to save Wal-Mart some money Friday by foiling a shoplifter’s plan to steal a $600 computer, but it cost her her job.

“I’m a single mom, and I don’t know what I’m going to do,” says Ravenstein, who is 30.

She’s worked at the West Kellogg Wal-Mart for almost two years, most recently as a customer service manager.

Friday night around 10:20, she was standing near some registers when she saw a man with a computer coming up the main walkway of the store.

“Action Alley is what they call it,” she says.

“He was walking rather fast, so it caught my eye.”

Ravenstein says the man kept walking and set off an alarm. She went after him.

“Let me see your receipt, and then I’ll take this off for you,” she told the man, referring to a sensor on the computer.

Ravenstein says the man refused and kicked her.

“And then he punched me in my shoulder, and then he finally gave up and just let go of the computer.”

Ravenstein walked back into the store and sat on the floor.

“I was shaking pretty bad,” she says.

Assistant store managers immediately checked on her.

“They all came out and made sure I was OK,” Ravenstein says. “They thanked me.”

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“The west side’s so proud of their property.”

Larry Harmon, who wants to open a west-side Larry Bud’s Sports Bar & Grill but can’t find an economical site

Los Cocos Mexican Restaurant to open in Derby

WICHITA — Less than three years after opening his first Los Cocos Mexican Restaurant, Luis Alfaro is preparing to start work on a third, this time in Derby.

“We just got the land,” Alfaro says of 1257 N. Rock, which is next to Applebee’s.

“It’s the first one that we’re going to build from scratch.”

Alfaro is planning a 180-seat restaurant with a 30-seat patio.

He had planned to open a Derby restaurant after opening in Wichita at 1335 N. Tyler in the former Brews Brothers and Mom’s space.

Instead, Alfaro says Manhattan was his next choice because of good opportunities there.

He hopes to have the Derby Los Cocos open by early November.

Alfaro is already scouting land on the east side for his fourth restaurant.

That could be in east Wichita or Andover.

His plan is to open a restaurant a year.

“We’ve just got to go one by one.”