Dog Fighting Ring and ‘Bloody’ Pit Bulls Found in New Cassel Garage


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Monica ChristopherA New Cassel woman was arrested Friday after police stumbled onto a dog fighting ring inside her garage and several injured pit bulls, including two that were in “bloody, wounded conditions,” Nassau County police said.Police were originally called to the house to investigate noise complaints, but when responding officers arrived they spotted 15 to 20 people running out of a garage toward the back of the home, police said.That’s when police entered the garage and found the two badly wounded pit bulls inside a homemade wooden dog fighting ring, police said.The woman who lives in the house, 38-year-old Monica Christopher, was arrested and charged with three counts of prohibition animal fighting.“Officers observed numerous dog pens/crates throughout the house, all containing pit bulls, many with wounds to the face, nose and body,” police said in a news release.The house also contained two treadmills used for training dogs for fighting, police said, and several bottles containing penicillin and steroids along with syringes.The Town of North Hempstead Department of Public Safety Animal Control responded and transported 18 pit bulls to the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter, police said.Five of dogs were immediately taken to the hospital and three had to be euthanized because of their injuries, according to Sue Hassett, the shelter’s director.She said the injuries consisted of broken bones and lacerations consistent with dog fighting.The remaining 13 dogs are malnourished but are in “pretty good shape,” Hassett said.“Five had obviously been fought that morning,” she continued, adding, “It’s hard for me to believe that…this goes on and people don’t call.”Hassett, who said this is the worst incident she’s seen in 25 years on the job, implored people to call the police if they know of dog fighting in their area.“Let’s stop it,” she said.Christopher was arraigned Sunday and a judge set bail at $75,000 cash and $150,000 bond.last_img read more

Gang Member Convicted in Central Islip Mom, Tot Slaying


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An MS-13 street gang member has been convicted gunning down a 2-year-old boy after his fellow gang members shot and killed the victim’s 19-year-old mother in Central Islip three years ago.A federal jury found Adalberto “Gringo” Guzman guilty Monday at Central Islip court of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and firearms offenses in the Feb. 5, 2010 shooting deaths of Vanessa Argueta and her son, Diego Torres.“Few other acts illustrate so clearly the heartless nature of this criminal enterprise known as MS-13,” said Attorney Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. “Her crime in their eyes—showing ‘disrespect’ to their vicious gang. Her child’s—simply being with her when the defendant and his cronies decided that she could no longer live.”The 21-year-old career criminal is the last of three gang members to be tried in the case. A jury convicted Heriberto “Boxer” Martinez in March and Rene “Zorro” Mejia pled guilty in June 2011.Prosecutors said Guzman helped Martinez and Mejia lure Argueta from her home under the guise of taking her out to dinner after a feud in which she told rival gang members where to find the MS-13 members.They reluctantly agreed to take Torres with them when she couldn’t find a babysitter, then brought her behind a Raymour & Flanigan furniture store in an industrial park near the corner of Connetquot Avenue and Windsor Place to smoke marijuana.The gunmen shot Argueta in the head and chest and Torres in the head twice. A passerby found their bodies shortly later.The trio fled to El Salvador afterward, but Guzman was apprehended at Miami International Airport when he tried to return to the country three months later.Guzman is facing life in prison when he is sentenced in January before U.S. District Judge Joseph Bianco.Authorities noted that this case brought to more than 200 the number of federal convictions against MS-13 members on Long Island, half of which included federal racketeering charge convictions, since 2002.last_img read more

Banking on biometrics: Half of cardholders would switch


first_img continue reading » Passwords are a double-edged sword: they are meant to protect our information, but they are also frustrating with so many to remember and manage. A recent Visa survey showed that 68% of U.S. shoppers have abandoned an online purchase due to forgetting a password, trouble logging in, or issues receiving a one-time passcode. In addition, passwords are under constant threat from hackers, with 80% of data breaches involving compromised and weak passwords, according to the 2019 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report.Enter biometrics. Biometrics match unique physical characteristics, such as fingerprints or facial features, rather than memory to verify identity. Technology advancements and changing consumer expectations for speed, convenience, and security mean biometric solutions are poised to replace passwords. More than half of credit cardholders who responded to the survey (53%) say they would switch banks if their current doesn’t offer biometric authentication options.Consumers are ready. Two-thirds of people Visa surveyed have used biometrics and view them as easier and faster to use than traditional passwords. The top three benefits include:No longer needing to remember passwords (42%)Improved security over passwords (34%)Not forgetting or losing an authentication method (33%) ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

New deal gets Topland halfway to £1bn target


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Lady Bulldogs Finish 2nd At New Castle


first_imgThe Batesville High School Swim team traveled to New Castle High School on Thursday evening. The Lady Bulldogs finished in second place to New Castle and defeating Eastern Hancock.nc-eh-batesville 3-way resultsTEAM SCORESWomenNew Castle Spartans 71; Batesville Bulldogs 52; Eastern Hancock Royals 38BULLDOG WINNERSWomenGwen Martin — 50 Freestyle (28.34)Maria Lopez — 100 Backstroke (1:19.61)NOTABLESBHS finished first in the 400 Free RelayMaria Lopez lead the team in individual points for the second meet in a rowUP NEXTThe Batesville Bulldogs swim team will be visiting Connersville for a multi-team meet against opponents the Connersville Spartans and Eastern Hancock Royals on Dec 3 at Connersville High School.@BatesvilleSwimBe sure to keep up with all the latest news on Batesville Swimming teams on social media — Facebook and Instagram Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Greg McMullen.last_img read more

Pakistan’s brave chase at the Gabba falls short


first_img… Australia survive scare to win by 39 runs(REUTERS) – A relieved Australia captured Pakistan’s last two wickets to win a captivating first day-night Test in Brisbane yesterday by 39 runs but the touring side won huge admiration for their dogged fourth innings resistance.Chasing a Test record 490 for victory, Pakistan had resumed the fifth and final day on 382 for eight and paceman Mitchell Starc proved the game-breaker when he ended a stubborn 71-run ninth-wicket partnership between Asad Shafiq and Yasir Shah.Starc struck with a searing delivery that pinged off Shafiq’s glove for an easy catch to David Warner in the gully, bringing to an end a heroic knock of 137.Yasir fell moments later to seal the win, run-out by home skipper Steve Smith with a direct hit for 33, having failed to ground his bat after an aborted single as Pakistan were eventually dismissed for 450.Australia take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series but Pakistan showed impressive fight to turn the match into a cliffhanger and will head to the second game in Melbourne on December 26 with renewed confidence.Starting the day needing 108 runs to win but with only two wickets intact, the tourists maintained a sliver of hope with middle-order batsman Shafiq at the crease after he cleaved a magnificent unbeaten century on day three.Australia’s nerves were becoming increasingly frayed as Pakistan approached their target but the relief was palpable when they finally sealed a victory that looked a formality a day earlier.“I lost all my fingernails, I think,” joked Smith. “Some game of cricket, wasn’t it?“Credit’s got to go to our bowlers, they really stuck at it and got us over the line.“That wicket, I guess, of Asad showed the class of Starcy with a ball that was 60 overs old and quite soft … but what a game of cricket.”RODE LUCKAustralia appeared bemused to even be competing on day five and it manifested itself in Smith’s conservative field settings.Shafiq and Yasir cantered past 400 and the Australian captain became fidgety as his front-line bowlers were dispatched regularly through the gaps.Slow bowler Nathan Lyon was introduced and coaxed a nick from Yasir which pinged off his pad and flew just wide of Peter Handscomb at short leg.Growing in confidence, Yasir then whipped paceman Jackson Bird off his pads for four at the square leg boundary to bring up the 50-run partnership with Shafiq.Yasir then survived a missed stumping, a dropped catch and an overturned lbw decision by umpire Richard Illingworth before Starc timed his intervention to perfection at the other end with a searing, short-pitched delivery that reared up on Shafiq.Shafiq was named man-of-the-match following his ninth Test century, the most ever for a number six batsman.“The way the team, all the batsmen showed their character, that was wonderful,” Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said. “Asad Shafiq – that was a superb knock. So, a lot of positives, and I’m happy and proud the way the team played.”AUSTRALIA 1st innings 429 (S. Smith 130, P. Handscomb 105, M. Renshaw 71; W. Riaz 4-89, M. Amir 4-97)PAKISTAN 1st innings 142 (S. Ahmed 59 n.o.)AUSTRALIA 2nd innings 202 for 5 decl. (U. Khawaja 74, S. Smith 63)PAKISTAN 2nd innings (o/n 382-8; Target: 490 runs)S. Aslam c Renshaw b Starc 15Az. Ali c Wade b Starc 71B. Azam c Smith b Lyon 14Y. Khan c Smith b Lyon 65Misbah-ul-Haq c Wade b Bird 5A. Shafiq c Warner b Starc 137S. Ahmed b Starc 24M. Amir c Wade b Bird 48W. Riaz c Smith b Bird 30Y. Shah run-out (Smith) 33R. Ali not out 1Extras: (lb-5, w-2) 7Total: (all out, 145 overs) 450Fall of wickets: 1-31, 2-54, 3-145, 4-165, 5-173, 6-220, 7-312, 8-378, 9-449.Bowling: M. Starc 38-10-119-4 (w-1), J. Hazlewood 42-11-99-0, J. Bird 33-6-110-3 (w-1), N. Lyon 29-3-108-2, N. Maddinson 3-0-9-0.last_img read more

McKinnon, Dharry shine in Woodpecker Products Practical Shoot


first_imgVETERAN shooters Ryan McKinnon and David Dharry emerged as the top deadeyes last Saturday when the Woodpecker Products/Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF) hosted its final Practical Shoot for 2019, at the Timehri Rifle Ranges.The annual event was well attended by a number of local gunners, some highly-experienced and some trainees but they all failed to over the feats of the two expert pistol shooters; who reigned supreme in their respective categories.Among the stages contested, Raw Deal, Down Low, Horsing Around, RM-28, to name a few, were traditional obstacle-filled stages which tested the shooters’ reflexes, precision and stamina.In the Limited Division, McKinnon shot an impressive 342.7725 points for his first place spot as he kept the others at bay. Another expert shooter, John Phang, secured 292.2822 points which landed him in 2nd place, while Pravesh Harry finished 3rd with 272.1620 points.The second division, Production, was dominated by the GSSF executive Dharry, who was impressive with the handgun as he accumulated 345.9295 points to end as the 1st place winner in that group.Second place in the Production Category belonged to Andrew Phang, who shot 313.4308 points and former GSSF president Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon who came in 3rd spot with 279.5950 points.Meanwhile, GSSF lauded the unwavering support of Guyana Defence Force/Chief of Staff Brigadier Patrick West, Commissioner of Police Mr Leslie James, OC TSU Mr Guy Nurse, the media and sponsors for their support in 2019 and look forward to brighter ventures and relationships in 2020.Production Division:1st place – David Dharry (345.9295 points)2nd place – Andrew Phang (313.4308 points)3rd place – Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon (279.5950 points)Limited Division:1st place – Ryan McKinnon (342.7725 points)2nd place – John Phang (292.2822 points)3rd Place – Pravesh Harry (272.1620 points)last_img read more

Syracuse 2nd baseman Johnson offers versatility, leadership in freshman season


first_imgCurt Johnson has been coaching high school and travel softball in the Rochester, N.Y., area for more than 20 years.He enjoys the sport itself, in addition to helping young players develop their skills. Johnson has come to know talent when he sees it, so when his daughter Riley started making strides at a young age, he took notice.“She started playing around 9 and I really saw how good she was when she was 12,” Johnson said. “I could see she knew how to play the game and that she could handle a lot of different positions.”Six years after her father noticed her immense potential, freshman Riley Johnson finds herself earning significant playing time for the Orange (4-5). She’s already appeared in Leigh Ross’ lineup as a second baseman or designated hitter, and is proving right away she can play at the collegiate level.“Every step of the way is going to be a challenge as you get older,” Curt Johnson said. “She’s playing against better competition, but she is used to that. I’m proud of her so far.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMaking the leap from high school to college is not the only obstacle Riley Johnson has faced in her softball career. She was a pitcher before shoulder surgery forced a move to shortstop. Her high school play, though, shows she never missed a beat.Johnson was a six-year starter at Greece Athena High School in Rochester and two-time MVP. As a high school junior, she was the Class AA Player of the Year after hitting .514 with 25 RBIs. She finished high school with a .404 batting average, and Ross already likes her left-handed bat in the Syracuse order.“I like that she is a lefty hitter,” Ross said. “She is a contact hitter that is making adjustments and learning more of the power game, which will definitely be a threat.“But right now, we told her to focus on being a contact hitter, pushing runs across and getting on. If she focuses on the average the power will come.”Johnson has the ability to hit with contact and power in any part of the lineup, and can play multiple positions on the field. Ross said she has the option to play Johnson at second base, shortstop or in the outfield.Her vast skill set aside, Johnson’s greatest strength is her leadership ability, Ross said. Ross is already seeing the freshman lead.Curt Johnson’s seen it all along.“She was always taking charge and being a great leader,” Johnson said. “When you don’t have a leader, you notice that on the field and in the dugout, but a team with her on it has never had that problem.”Playing as a freshman, Riley Johnson doesn’t deny that nerves occasionally set in. Regardless, she trusts the skills that have gotten her this far, and is staying focused on the tasks that will help her team win.“I get a little nervous before games,” Johnson said. “But I know I have a job to do, and coach (Wallace) King and coach Ross have been working with us all fall and all winter, so I feel prepared.”In Syracuse’s first game of the season against Eastern Tennessee State at the Cougar Classic on Feb. 15, Johnson’s months of preparation paid off immediately. She doubled to right center field in her first collegiate at-bat, plating Corinne Ozanne and Veronica Grant to give the Orange a 3-0 lead in the first inning.When asked about the hit, Johnson didn’t think it was too big of a deal. These are the kinds of results she has come to expect.“I wasn’t thinking about who was on base at the time, I just saw the pitch and hit it,” Johnson said. “I didn’t need to slide into second, I went in standing up.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 26, 2013 at 11:46 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Luis Enrique: Spain manager quits after 11 months


first_img Source: BBC Spain manager Luis Enrique has stepped down ‘for personal reasons’ and will be replaced by assistant Robert Moreno after less than a year in charge.The former Barcelona boss signed a two-year contract in July 2018.Enrique had been absent since March because of “a family matter of an urgent nature” according to the Spanish Football Federation.The 49-year-old took over the national team following their exit from the 2018 World Cup in the last 16.“It was a decision Luis Enrique took himself, which we are grateful for,” said Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish Football Federation.“We will have a perfect memory of him. It’s a personal matter which doesn’t depend on us. We think it’s the best thing to do.“We are convinced that the best response is the most prepared team, and that team is represented by Robert [Moreno] and his group, who arrived with Luis Enrique.”Enrique took charge of Spain’s Nations League campaign, where they failed to reach the semi-finals, and began their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.He travelled back home for a family matter before Spain’s 2-0 victory in Malta in March and Moreno was placed in temporary charge.Under Moreno, Spain have won their past three games and will take on Romania in their next Euro 2020 qualifier in September.Moreno, 41, told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday it was “a bittersweet day” but he was “encouraged” by support from Enrique.“I didn’t expect to be the head coach this way. Let’s try to carry on the top the work that Luis started,” said Moreno.“It was my credit that Luis agreed and supported us. For me, that is what has encouraged me to pull forward.”Moreno was assistant to Enrique at Roma, Celta Vigo and Barcelona before joining up with Spain and says he “instilled in me the knowledge of the players”.He said: “Since I was 14 years old, I have thought about reaching the highest level, but I didn’t expect it this way.“I’ve spent nine years with Luis training the best in the world and watching his decisions. We’re going to do a great job.”last_img read more

Planting the future for agriscience students


first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe greenhouse at Alpena High School was a popular attraction today during the AHS plant sale fundraiser.Agriscience students and FFA members sold plants to help support future agriscience projects. ,The students planted seeds just before spring break to prepare for this big plant sale.If you get a chance to check out the greenhouse you’ll notice a variety of  plants and veggies such as; tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and more!This special agriscience course at Alpena High School is one of a kind in Northeast Michigan and  it gives passionate farmers the right tools to begin their careers.“there’s not many schools around here that have this opportunity, we just got this greenhouse a couple of years ago and its helps people understand a better way of agriscience and what goes into making what happens”If you missed your chance today and you’re still interested in buying these beautiful plants and flowers be sure to head to the greenhouse at Alpena High School tomorrow from 9am until noonOne of these plants could even be a great gift for your mom! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena County Sheriff addresses numerous bomb threats at Thunder Bay Junior HighNext ‘Flights of Imagination’ gets vandalized, againlast_img read more