Brazil Busts Rio Gang Made of Police, Councillors


first_imgBy Dialogo December 28, 2010 Brazilian police have busted a feared criminal gang which killed at least 50 people and counted more than a dozen officers and some municipal councillors in its ranks, officials said on 22 December. Twenty-five members of the 34-strong gang were arrested the day before on warrants based on wiretaps that found the organization sold weapons to drug dealers in a nest of Rio slums that was cleared by police and soldiers last month. The two local councillors of the Duque de Caxias neighborhood were suspected of running the para-police outfit, while the 13 policemen arrested were part of its “muscle” thought to have carried out hits. “The gang worked like a real criminal enterprise, with roles defined for each member. There were managers and hitmen,” the police chief in charge of the arrests, Alexandre Capote, told media. The gang was one of several comprising police officers that operate in Rio’s notoriously violent and lawless slums. They started activities in late 2006, as militias that forced out local gangs then took over to run extortion rackets. The Duque de Caxias outfit is suspected of killing 50 people, and earning 150,000 dollars a month by illegally selling television cable connections, gas and land to residents, Capote said. According to a former captain in Rio’s elite police unit, the Special Operations Battalion, police-manned militias are present in more than 100 of the city’s 250 worst slums.last_img read more

Truck carrying garbage rolls over, blocks traffic in Delaware County


first_imgDEPOSIT, N.Y. (WBNG) — The New York State Police Department responded to a report of a rolled-over refuse trailer on State Route 17 in Deposit around 4:30 a.m. Thursday. No other vehicles were involved in the crash. The driver of the truck was taken to Wilson Hospital for evaluation. Police say the overturned truck blocked both lanes of traffic when they arrived to the scene. An investigation revealed the truck traveled off the roadway and into a ditch.center_img Around 7:15 a.m., authorities opened the passing lane to traffic. The New York State Department of Transportation and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Spill Response team also responded to the crash.last_img read more

Roberson continues growth as starting forward heading into Virginia Tech matchup


first_img Published on February 3, 2015 at 12:15 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Before beating Wake Forest on Jan. 13, Syracuse’s forwards lined up behind the 3-point line and, like they do before most games, staged a pseudo dunk contest.B.J. Johnson swooped in from the top of the key and threw down a left-handed windmill. Rakeem Christmas finished an around-the-back-360 slam that drew “Oohs” and “Ahhs” from the baseline crowd. Walk-on Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye tossed the ball off the backboard and dunked it two-handed, drawing laughs from the guards who stretched near midcourt.Then Tyler Roberson dribbled twice and lightly laid in a layup off the backboard. No dunk. All fundamentals.“That’s just me,” Roberson said, laughing, after the WFU game. “I’m laid back, quieter. I guess I like to save it for the game.”At the beginning of SU’s season, Roberson was the same in games as he is before them — passive and largely ineffective with the ball. Now, as Syracuse (14-7, 5-3 Atlantic Coast) hosts Virginia Tech (9-12, 1-7) for a must-win 9 p.m. contest on Tuesday night, the Orange can’t afford a down game from its de facto starting power forward.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRoberson has scored in double-figures in SU’s last three games, and his in-season transformation into a high-post threat is coming at a critical time.“He’s got a great opportunity and he’s really done a great job on the boards,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said on the ACC coaches’ teleconference Monday. “… If he gets an open look and knocks it down or makes a good play, and he’s done that the last two games. That’s important for us.”The 6-foot-8 forward from Roselle Catholic (New Jersey) High School is used to shifting roles.Roselle Catholic head coach Dave Boff said that Roberson was “strictly a back-to-the-basket player” as a sophomore in high school, but smaller teams started to pack it in against the Lions. Boff taught Roberson to expand his game to the high post and the forward ascended up the national recruiting rankings as a junior.This season, Roberson began the year starting on the wing for the Orange before an injury sidelined him for three games. He resurfaced as a backup forward after the injury and, after Chris McCullough went down for the season at the start of ACC play, is back in the staring lineup as SU’s power forward.Now Roberson’s role is simple: provide enough offense to alleviate the pressure on Christmas, and do so without the consistent hesitation that mired the first half of his season.“I think I can do this,” Roberson said of the Orange’s increased dependency on him. “I just need to be confident in my jump shot and not think twice when I’m in the right spot.”Roberson played more than 30 minutes just once in 10 nonconference games. Conversely, he’s played less than 30 minutes in just one of the Orange’s eight ACC games and teams have dared him to score in the increased time. In 18 games, he’s playing 27.3 minutes per contest and averaging 7.4 points with 7.1 rebounds.On Jan. 24, Miami used a 4-5 trap to smother Christmas, with Tonye Jekiri leaving Roberson wide open to double-team Christmas in the post. Christmas scored five points in the first half but Roberson tallied eight, which forced Hurricanes head coach Jim Larranaga to switch to a 1-5 trap that used a guard to double-team Christmas instead of a big man.Syracuse lost the game, but Roberson’s first-half productivity caught Miami’s attention and led to 18 points for Christmas in the second.Two days later against North Carolina, Roberson saw little pressure throughout the game and scored eight second-half points to keep the Orange within striking distance in an eventual 10-point loss.“We need Tyler to be good when he gets the ball,” Christmas said after the Miami game. “It opens things up for me and everyone else.”And while Roberson turned in one of his best performances against the Tar Heels — scoring his second-highest total of the season with 13 points and dishing out a season-high five assists with no turnovers — he also grabbed a meek three rebounds and fouled out.He was unhappy with the incomplete performance and said that his next game, which comes against the Hokies, could be the one where he puts it all together.“It’s hard to get Tyler to say too much, if anything at all,” SU forward Michael Gbinije said, adding that Roberson is by far the quietest player on the team. “… You just wait for it to happen with him.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more