first_img× BALLROOM DANCE — The fifth grade of All Saints Catholic Academy competed against other schools at the NJPAC semifinals for ballroom dance. They placed in the gold level and now will compete in the finals. Good luck to all. Thank you Mrs. Cole and Mrs. DeChario for the help to get them there.last_img

Ed Walsh Fraud Trial Begins, May Feature A Who’s Who Of Suffolk Political Elite

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [Photo Caption: U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) (L) and Suffolk County Democratic Party Chair / Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer may be called as potential witnesses in embattled Suffolk County Conservative Party Chairman Ed Walsh’s federal fraud trial in Eastern District Court in Central Islip.]By Rashed Mian and Christopher TwarowskiOpening statements begin Wednesday in the federal fraud trial against Suffolk County Conservative Party Chairman Ed Walsh, with a judge informing the jury Tuesday that a who’s who of the county’s political power elite, including three Republican lawmakers, would potentially be called as witnesses to testify.Walsh’s defense team and prosecutors with the Eastern District of New York spent about five hours selecting jurors Tuesday, agreeing on a 12-person jury evenly divided by sex. During jury selection as part of the interviewing process, Magistrate Judge Arlene Lindsay asked a pool of about 34 prospective jurors whether they had any connections to a smorgasbord of some of Suffolk County’s most powerful politicians and deal-makers who’d potentially be called to testify, including, among more than a dozen names listed: U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), Suffolk County Democratic Party Chair and Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer, New York State Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore), state Assemb. Andrew Raia (R-East Northport), and Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco.Prosecutors in a recent 58-page court filing heavily cite allegations by Sheriff DeMarco that several of his attempts to investigate Walsh—who besides Suffolk Conservative Party chair is also an ex-correction lieutenant in the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office—were quashed by Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.Spota, in a nearly 850-word response posted on his office’s website, denied those claims.Magistrate Judge Lindsay had ordered more than 200 prospective jurors to appear for the opening day of the trial in Central Islip Tuesday, forcing that day’s proceedings to be moved to the much larger ceremonial chamber. Walsh’s trial is expected to last approximately three weeks.Walsh is accused of scheming to defraud taxpayers of $80,000 in no-show work at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office and Suffolk County jail. Prosecutors allege Walsh falsely represented that he was working while he was actually gambling at Foxwood’s Casino in Connecticut, golfing, or conducting Conservative Party business on the taxpayer dime. The party big was also accused of lying to FBI agents when he allegedly claimed he worked flex time for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office.Walsh pleaded not guilty in January 2015 to those charges, and pleaded not guilty to additional theft and wire fraud charges again in March of last year. He enjoyed a salary of nearly $127,000 until he retired this February, ensuring he’ll also enjoy a generous taxpayer-funded pension whether he’s found guilty of the alleged crimes or not.Suffolk Democratic Party boss and Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer tells the Press he received a subpoena to testify “as to certain dates that I met with Walsh,” adding that he’ll be appearing in court Thursday or Friday.Edward WalshWalsh’s case is the latest amid an ongoing federal probe of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and Suffolk County Police Department sparked by the criminal misdeeds of disgraced former Suffolk Chief of Police James Burke, who recently pleaded guilty to beating a Smithtown man for unsuspectingly stealing his duffel bag—containing Burke’s sex toys, pornography, gun and ammo—and demanding those who witnessed the assault to lie to federal investigators to cover it up. That inquiry has reportedly expanded to include Spota’s public corruption bureau chief, Christopher McPartland.Burke was Spota’s chief investigator for more than a decade. Despite his record of documented improper behavior throughout the years—including an Internal Affairs report concluding, among other “substantiated” allegations, that he “engaged in a personal, sexual relationship” with “a convicted felon known to be actively engaged in criminal conduct including the possession and sale of illegal drugs, prostitution and larceny”—Burke continued to climb the department’s ladder, facilitated by Spota and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, who crowned him police chief in 2012.Sporting a gray blazer and dark pants in court Tuesday, Walsh remained silent.The Suffolk County Conservative Party has been instrumental throughout the years in getting lawmakers, almost always Republicans, elected to office, because of unusual election rules in New York State that allow politicians to appear on multiple party lines. In his first run for the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office in 2001, Spota’s opponent, incumbent Suffolk DA James Catterson, lost the Conservative Party line, costing him his seat. Due to Walsh’s high-profile position as a backdoor kingmaker, Judge Lindsay instructed jurors to refrain from reading news media accounts relating to Walsh and the trial.“That means you don’t do independent research, either,” the judge told the packed room.Magistrate Judge Lindsay oversaw jury selection, but the case will be heard before U.S. District Court Judge Arthur Spatt, who on Monday reportedly limited the scope of government evidence, despite prosecutors’ voluminous March 8 filing implicating Spota as Walsh’s primary source of cover.In one such instance detailed within the court papers, federal prosecutors, including U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Robert L. Capers, alleged that Spota killed an investigation sparked by DeMarco after Walsh had been detained in 2012 by the Suffolk County Police Department in a bust of an illegal gambling establishment in Medford. Instead of aiding DeMarco’s probe and possibly prosecuting or disciplining Walsh, the documents claim, Spota let Walsh skate free.“Spota told DeMarco, in sum and substance, not to do anything and that the DA’s Office would take care of it and get back to DeMarco,” it reads. “DeMarco will testify that after some time passed, Spota informed DeMarco that the defendant’s conduct was not criminal and that it was not illegal to be a player at an illegal gambling establishment.”“I’m not subpoenaing anything,” Spota allegedly commanded in response to DeMarco’s request for a subpoena for Walsh’s golf records, which he hoped to use to investigate Walsh’s alleged fraud, according to the motion—and a subpoena of Walsh’s cell phone records allegedly documenting a barrage of calls between Walsh and Spota made around that period of time.The district attorney’s office’s lengthy rebuttal, states: “…it was the Sheriff [DeMarco] and his staff who thwarted the District Attorney’s Office, not the other way around.”last_img read more

Fury wants Anthony Joshua in 2021

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Dillian Whyte to face Povetkin in November rematch Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Tyson Fury has reiterated his call for Anthony Joshua to fight him next year, now that the path to their showdown has been somewhat cleared. Dillian Whyte’s KO defeat to Alexander Povetkin on Saturday night removed the WBC mandatory that threatened to disrupt a potential undisputed fight next year.The issue of WBO mandatory Oleksandr Usyk still remains in play, and both men must first come through against Deontay Wilder and Kubrat Pulev respectively.Fury told BT Sport: “I know Eddie Hearn and Matchroom were trying to protect Joshua by not letting him fight me.“Trying to put a hurdle in the way with Dillian Whyte and, ‘If you don’t fight Dillian Whyte, you and Joshua won’t fight.’“But the fact of the matter is, I don’t need any of their fighters, they need me.“I’m the only undefeated world heavyweight champion that’s left out there.“All the rest have fell by the wayside, been chinned, knocked out, stopped and battered.“They need me, I’m a standalone ‘Gypsy King’ giant ruling the roost.“I don’t need any of them, I don’t need any of their money, what they can bring to the table.“But for the fans you want the biggest fight possible.“The biggest fight out there now is me and Joshua.“So let’s make it happen. Stop running away, stop making excuses, put your nuts in your handbag and let’s fight.“It is what it is, it’s a boxing match, you’re gonna win some, you’re gonna lose some.“They’ve got nothing to lose, they’ve already been knocked out and beat.“I’m the one who’s got something to lose – that big zero I’m carrying around with me.”Tags: Anthony JoshuaDillian WhyteTyson Furylast_img read more

This time, USC exhibits composure

first_img“Goal Line Stand” runs every Monday. If you would like to comment on this story, visit or email Michael at [email protected] For about four minutes last Thursday night, the then-No. 13 Trojans looked like they were in trouble.They turned the ball over twice in their first two possessions, leading to a pair of Utah touchdowns. With 12:15 left in the first quarter, USC was already down 14-0.Was USC coach Lane Kiffin going to be the victim of another tough road loss? Was senior quarterback Matt Barkley going to display that supposed lack of poise that plagued him in this season’s loss to Stanford?The answer was a definitive “no.”Barkley and the Trojans weathered the storm. They remained cool and collected on the sidelines.Ask anyone who was at the game if they could find a look of distress on any of the Trojans’ faces. I guarantee that no one — not even senior center Khaled Holmes, who botched the snaps that led to Utah’s first 14 points — had any doubt.I don’t believe the Trojans ever thought they were going to lose that game. Even when they were down 21-10, with the Utes’ student section at its loudest and the analysts preparing to dig USC’s Bowl Championship Series grave, the Trojans did not waver or appear the least bit concerned.Never before had a two-touchdown deficit seemed so insignificant.The tides began to turn on the first possession of the second quarter, when Barkley hit junior wide receiver Robert Woods across the middle on a crossing pattern. Woods made a few cuts and gained 41 yards.A few plays later, USC notched the first of its many touchdowns of the game; it was a moment when every Utah fan fell silent.Later, Barkley hit sophomore tight end Randall Telfer in the end zone on a fade route. Telfer caught the ball with one hand, making it look effortless. USC had reduced the gap, 21-17.At that moment, even though they were still down, the game was over. USC was going to score as many points as it wanted, and there wasn’t going to be anything Utah could do.I don’t think I’ve ever heard a louder crowd go so quiet in a three-second span as when Telfer caught that pass. All the energy the Utah faithful had when they went up by 14 was sucked out of the stadium.For all of the criticism Barkley took for losing his composure in Palo Alto, he showed the opposite traits in this contest. He looked like the savvy veteran we all expect him to be after starting for three-plus seasons. He completed 23 of his 30 passes, threw no interceptions and made big plays when the team was down. He threw that momentum-changing pass to Telfer, converted big third downs and, of course, threw that 83-yard bomb to sophomore receiver Marqise Lee to give the Trojans a 31-21 lead. But Barkley wasn’t the only one who showed resiliency Thursday night.Holmes, a team captain, rallied the offensive line, which was dominated by Utah’s defensive lineman Star Lotulelei during the opening part of the game.Bad snaps and all, Holmes stayed composed and shut down Lotulelei to the point that his name wasn’t called after the first period. Holmes led a line that paved the way for 129 rushing yards and 303 passing yards on the day. They didn’t give up any sacks, either. It was a dominating performance by a unit that was heavily criticized after the Stanford loss. Unprompted by anyone, Holmes even apologized for his errors to his teammates after the game.And then there was the defense.The defense, which was put in terrible positions its first couple of times on the field, never caved. The unit did not blame its offense for its ineptitude or lack of ball security. Instead, they remained focused. It was the defense, led by junior cornerback Nickell Robey, which gave the Trojans their final score on the day — an interception return for a touchdown. The defense forced fumbles, put pressure on Utah quarterback Jon Hays and never hung their heads, despite the early deficit. They knew they were going to win, too.For all of the bad things that could have happened during the game, the Trojans refused to let negative circumstances get the best of them. They did not play outside themselves and did not try to make plays where there weren’t any. They remained confident. The Trojans knew they were the better team; it was just a matter of making the scoreboard acknowledge it, too.The victory against Utah taught me a lot about this USC squad. It’s a team that knows what it can do on both sides of the ball. It’s a team that remains confident despite things not always going their way. But most of all, the 2012 Trojans expect to win, even when the chips are down. There were no scared looks and no yelling among teammates. There was no desperation. There was only confidence. And as long as Barkley, Holmes and the defense retain their swagger, this team will be a force to be reckoned with come November and bowl season.No 14-point deficits will ever change that.last_img read more

The gathering of ”Dragons” today in Algeria

first_imgBosnian and Herzegovinian national football team will gather today in Algeria, where they are to play a friendly match on the 14th of November with the football team of Algeria. Safet Sušić, the selector of the football team invited twenty-two players, out of which only Adnan Zahirović is excused from the gathering.One part of the Bosnian and Herzegovinian football team is to arrive to Algeria via Sarajevo 9 a.m. charter flight. Before the match, Bosnian and Herzegovinian football team will have only one work-out that is due on Tuesday, November 13th, at 6 p.m. The gathering of Bosnian and Herzegovinian football team will be led by Vahid Halilhodžić, a football expert.The list of Bosnian and Herzegovinian players for the friendly match:(Goalkeepers): Asmir Begović (Stoke), Ibrahim Šehić (Mersin Idman Yurdu), Asmir Avdukić (Borac Banja Luka)(Defense): Ervin Zukanović (Kortrijk), Emir Spahić (Sevilla), Toni Šunjić (Zorya Lugansk), Mensur Mujdža (Freiburg), Ognjen Vranješ (Krasnodar)(Midfield): Muhamed Bešić (Ferencvarosi), Senad Lulić (Lazio), Miralem Pjanić (AS Roma), Zvjezdan Misimović (Dinamo Moskva), Sejad Salihović (Hoffenheim), Ivan Sesar (Sarajevo), Haris Medunjanin (Gaziantepspor), Senijad Ibričić (Gaziantepspor), Muamer Svraka (Željezničar) (Offensive): Vedad Ibišević (Stuttgart), Edin Džeko (Manchester City), Avdija Vršajević (Hajduk), Miroslav Stevanović (Vojvodina).last_img read more

Wellington Fire and EMS weekly run: Sept. 14 to Sept. 20, 2015

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The Wellington Fire and EMS weekly run log for Sept. 14 to Sept. 20, 2015: 16-Sep8:09 AMMedical Emergency500 block N. Plum 17-Sep7:11 AMMedical Emergency600 block N. Plum 16-Sep7:05 PMMedical Emergency1000 block College 17-Sep1:12 PMElectric Lines Down500 block E. 16th 19-Sep8:44 AMTransfer to Wichita 18-Sep4:08 AMTransfer to Wichita 16-Sep3:40 PMMedical Emergency1400 block Michigan 18-Sep1:37 AMMedical Alarm1900 block Madison 20-Sep1:34 PMVehicle AccidentUS 160 & Turnpike 17-Sep3:48 AMTransfer to Wichita 14-Sep1:36 AMMedical EmergencyKansas Turnpikecenter_img 16-Sep11:26 AMMedical Emergency500 block W. 22nd Wellington Fire & EMS Weekly Run Log 17-Sep2:55 AMTrain Engine Fire20th Ave. & Meridian 18-Sep5:41 PMVehicle AccidentKansas Turnpike Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 17-Sep2:30 PMInjury AccidentVandenburg & Madison 16-Sep1:30 PMTransfer to Wichita 20-Sep6:52 PMMedical Trauma500 block N. Plum Follow us on Twitter. 14-Sep4:20 AMMedical Trauma500 block N. Plumlast_img read more