Juvenile given a second chance

first_img Share LocalNews Juvenile given a second chance by: – May 8, 2012 54 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share Court gavel. Photo credit:lazytechguys.comShannon Oden who was facing charges for wounding Odillon Thomas in 2009 has been given an opportunity to turn a new leaf in his life after having his matter was been discontinued against him on Tuesday.Shannon Oden who was charged for wounding Odillon Thomas in 2009 had that matter discontinued against him on Tuesday.The victim, Odillon Thomas informed Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks in Court that he wanted “the matter dismissed for personal reasons”.Justice Stephenson-Brooks questioned Thomas as to whether he was forced, beaten, promised any money or paid any money and he answered “no”.She further probed him as to whether he made that decision on his own and he said “yes”.Thomas was warned by Justice Stephson-Brooks that once the matter has been dismissed he could not return and ask for it to re-commence and he answered that he understood.Shannon Oden who wounded Thomas apologized to him in Court and expressed gratitude for the gesture.“I just want to tell him thank you for doing that for me please and if I could apologize to him in front of everybody. I am sorry for harming you if it’s possible and I’m sorry; I’ll never do it again. Thank you”.Justice Stephenson-Brooks advised him to let this be a learning experience for him.“Don’t let yourself get into any tussle with anybody; walk away. If you get vex, fold your hands and walk away, getting into trouble does not pay”.She cautioned him further to “walk a tight rope” as the police know him and have his fingerprints on file. Gene Pestaina; the Director of Public Prosecutions asked that the matter be discontinued against Shannon Oden. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Batesville And Columbus Northside Split Battle Of The Bulldogs

first_imgBatesville’s 7th-Grade Basketball team defeated visiting Columbus Northside by a score of 41-31. The Bulldogs got off to a hot start leading 26-13 at half and ultimates closed the game by going 7 for 8 from the line in the last few minutes. Leading the charge offensively was Jake Chapman with 9 points, followed by Cade Kaiser (8), Jacob Stenger (8), Grant Goldsmith (5), Carson Laker (4), Will Jaisle (3), and Gage Pohlman (3). 7th grade moves to 8-1 on the season.   Batesville’s 8th Graders fell to Columbus Northside 37-25. The game was back and forth all night but too many turnovers and missed opportunities ultimately lead to defeat. The Bulldogs were led offensively by Jack Grunkemeyer with 12 points, followed by Conner Drake (5), Sam Johnson (4), Gus Prickel (2), and Carter Bohman (2). 8th grade moves to 6-3 on the season.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Ty Burcham.last_img read more

Euro 2020: Swiss hit four against Gibraltar, Georgia frustrate Denmark

first_imgRelatedPosts Germany still winless in UEFA Nations League after drawing with Switzerland Blatter faces probe in Switzerland Blatter urges FIFA to suspend Infantino Switzerland took 37 minutes to break down a stubborn Gibraltar side before easing to a 4-0 win while Denmark were frustrated by Georgia in a 0-0 draw in Group D of the Euro 2020 qualifiers on Sunday. Ireland stayed top of the five-team group with 11 points from five games, two ahead of Denmark, while Switzerland are one point behind in third and with a game in hand. Georgia have four points while Gibraltar have none and have yet to score a goal. Edimilson Fernandes was close twice early on for Switzerland and Loris Benito rattled the woodwork before Gibraltar were forced to change goalkeepers in the 23rd minute as Dayle Coleing went off injured to be replaced by Kyle Goldwin. The Gibraltar defence still held firm until Denis Zakaria nodded in from a corner in the 37th minute. Admir Mehmedi added the second with another header, from a Fabian Schaer cross, in the 43rd minute and Ricardo Rodriguez fired home the third in first-half stoppage time after the ball pinged around the Gibraltar area. Granit Xhaka had several attempts to get on the scoresheet after the break, with one effort well saved by Goldwin. The Swiss had to be content with one more goal three minutes from the end when Mehmedi’s shot hit a defender and rebounded to Mario Gavranovic who dispatched the ball into the net. Denmark were frustrated by Georgia goalkeeper Giorgi Loria and the woodwork in Tbilisi. Loria twice denied Martin Braithwaite with fingertip saves as Denmark dominated the first half. Valeri Qazaishvili had Georgia’s best effort with a long-range shot which flew narrowly wide of Kasper Schmeichel’s right-hand post in the 76th minute. Denmark substitute Christian Gytkjaer cracked a shot against the crossbar with Loria beaten in the 82nd minute but, despite 59 per cent of possession, they created few openings and had to settle for a point. Reuters/NAN.Tags: denmarkEuro 2020GeorgiaGibraltarSwitzerlandlast_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino wary of Jermain Defoe

first_imgMauricio Pochettino will be wary of a familiar foe when Tottenham play Sunderland and in-form striker Jermain Defoe. Defoe, who has had two spells at Spurs, has scored five times in his last two games for the Black Cats, including a hat-trick in the midweek win at Swansea. “A great player, a top goalscorer. His quality is great. It’s not new for us,” Pochettino said. Press Association Spurs, seeking their own striker to relieve the goalscoring burden on Harry Kane, are aiming to respond from their midweek loss to Leicester against a side they beat 1-0 in September. Since then Dick Advocaat has been replaced by Sam Allardyce and Pochettino can anticipate how the former West Ham boss will shape his side. “He has time to improve in the way he wants to play, (it was) a long time ago that we played (at Sunderland),” the Spurs boss added. “All the teams Allardyce has managed are very tough. (But) you need to be careful with all the opponents. “Always in the Premier League games are very tough. We will expect another tough game against Sunderland.” Allardyce’s sides have a reputation of being difficult to break down, particularly away from home. Pochettino must be hoping for a repeat of the response from the prior defeat, to Newcastle, when Spurs went on a three-match winning run. He recognises Spurs must get better in every area of the game. “We need to improve in all areas and all aspects,” he said. “For me football is about a lot of things, not only one, because it’s a collective effort, collective game. It’s impossible to speak of only one thing.” Spurs are unchanged, with Ryan Mason (ankle), Clinton Njie (knee) and Alex Pritchard (ankle) absent. Meanwhile, Allardyce has told Tottenham’s young guns Champions League qualification would be just reward for their efforts, even if they do miss out on the Barclays Premier League title. Pochettino’s men are currently fourth, seven points adrift of leaders Arsenal, ahead of Saturday’s visit of the Black Cats. Their brand of attacking football, spearheaded by Kane and Dele Alli, has won them many admirers and led some to tout them as potential champions. Having seen former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson successfully rebuild his team on several occasions, Allardyce knows how difficult it can be for a young team to go all the way, but is tipping Spurs to secure a top-four finish. He said: “I’m not so sure they can hold their nerve – Brendan [Rodgers] couldn’t hold his nerve to win the title with Liverpool a few years ago. “Right when they needed to be resilient or hold on to the result they got, they didn’t quite do it and that can be because of that lack of experience of what you need to do to win a title. “Listening to my old mentor, Sir Alex, the hardest one is always winning the first one for your players, and particularly the players who are as young as Tottenham’s, so it would be nice if they did. “But I think their main aim would be to finish in Champions League and if the title came around, that would be one of those seasons they dream about.” If Tottenham do manage to upset the traditional big four – and Chelsea’s difficulties have made that eminently possible – they may not be alone with Allardyce warning people not to write off surprise package Leicester. He said: “It would be great if Leicester and Tottenham finished in the top four. I don’t hear anybody talking about Leicester too much, they’re only talking about Tottenham. I don’t think you can write Leicester off either.” Sunderland’s ambitions for the campaign are far more modest, although they have given their survival hopes a significant boost with back-to-back league victories over Aston Villa and Swansea. They have not won three in succession since the end of the 2013-14 season, when they went on to claim four successive victories on their way to a remarkable escape – but will arrive in north London buoyed by the 4-2 triumph at Swansea which dragged the Welsh club firmly into the relegation mix. Allardyce said: “Hopefully the win spurs them on. It was more important winning that game than getting anything against Tottenham because that was a six-pointer. “Imagine the distance we would have had to catch up if Swansea had beaten us. It would have been massive.” last_img read more

Missing Coconut Creek infant reunited with mother, teenage father in custody

first_imgPolice have arrested a 17-year-old father who took his son from the arms of his son’s mother and took off north.According to Coconut Creek police, officers were dispatched at 2:30 p.m. Monday to the 4900 block of Fisherman’s Drive in Coconut Creek to investigate a domestic dispute.Police said they determined the suspect, Jonathan Garcia, 17, forcibly removed his son from the child’s 15-year-old mother.Witnesses told investigators the suspect was seen hitting and shaking the child as he was running away from the scene.According to officials, the child’s mother, Laura Pachon Quintero, has a restraining order against Garcia.When Garcia took off north, the South Florida family drove up to Central Florida.Officials discovered that Garcia went to Oakland Park with his son, but it is unknown how he got there.The child was taken to the hospital where he was later picked up by his mother.The Apopka Police Department confirmed Garcia was arrested in their jurisdiction.Coconut Creek police say Garcia has been charged with kidnapping, child endangerment, domestic battery and simple battery. He was being held at a juvenile detention facility in Orange County, but is expected to be extradited to South Florida.last_img read more

Leadway Wins UBA Pensions’ Sports Tournament

first_imgLeadway Pensure has emerged the overall winner of the annual UBA Pensions Sports Tournament that took place last weekend in LagosThe competition organised annually by UBA Pensions Custodian Ltd for its clients, provided friends and families the opportunity to network, mingle and generally take some time off their usual busy and hectic schedule.This year’s event which held at the Upbeat Centre, Lekki Lagos, was the 10th edition. 14 PFAs from across the country participated in the competition, higher than the 12 involved in the previous edition in 2018. Stanbic IBTC Pensions maintained its second position as it had in the previous edition, while AIICO Pensions, which were the overall winner in the 2018 edition, won the third place position.In all 79 medals were won, while six special recognition awards were given out during the event namely;(overall winner trophy, 1strunner-up winner trophy, 2nd runner-up winner trophy, Most valuable player, Best keeper and Highest goal scorer).Participating companies in the pension industry were treated to a time of fun, games and relaxation, amidst an atmosphere of intense competition at theThe participating PFAs were: AIICO Pensions, ARM Pension, AXA Mansard Pension, FCMB Pensions, Fidelity Pensions, IEI Anchor Pensions, Leadway Pensure, PAL Pensions, Premium Pension, Radix Pension, Sigma Pensions, Stanbic IBTC Pensions, Trustfund Pension and Veritas Glanvills Pensions.These teams competed in Five-a-side-football, Chess, Scrabble, Table Tennis (Male & Female), Snooker, Egg and Spoon, Sack race, and Virtual Game (FIFA 19) events, Penalty Shoot-outs.Managing Director, UBA Pensions, Bayo Yusuf, who addressed the over 850 participants at the event, said that UBA Pensions organised the event annually in a bid to assist its clients to enjoy a time of bonding and interaction in a relaxed atmosphere, with the overall aim of fostering a healthy lifestyle.He also noted that the initiative was not just about games being played but about learning lessons of failure, joy, disappointment, excitement, winning and losing.While promising that upcoming editions would be bigger and better, Bayo Yusuf expressed satisfaction on the successful outcome of the event, which according to him, witnessed an increased turnout.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Leadway Wins UBA Pensions Sportslast_img read more

Women’s volleyball remains undefeated

first_imgPerhaps the only thing hotter than the current Los Angeles heat wave has been the play of Samantha Bricio and the women’s volleyball team. The No. 6-ranked Women of Troy tacked on four wins in just 12 combined sets to remain undefeated in the season and capture the 2015 USC Classic Crown on Friday night.USC (10-0) stayed perfect throughout the year with sweeps of Utah State, Pepperdine, Idaho State and New Mexico in a span of just two days and, in the process, upped its streak to nine straight sweeps. The Women of Troy also won their 29th consecutive set and stayed perfect at the Galen Center this season, culminating with the 3-0 victory (25-23, 25-10, 25-20) against New Mexico on Friday evening.Head coach Mick Haley was impressed with how his team handled the tough two-day playing schedule.“It was very difficult, but I think our team met the challenge wonderfully, and their attitude about it was great,” Haley said. “Each game, they came out ready to get out there, compete, and they played hard.”Against the Lobos, senior All-American outside hitter Samantha Bricio had yet another stellar performance, logging 21 kills on a scorching .487 hitting percentage to pace USC while also adding eight digs, two blocks and a service ace.The successful tournament also moved Bricio up in USC’s career record books. In ninth place all-time in career kills heading into the USC Classic, Bricio jumped three former USC greats in Katie Haller (1990-93), Nancy Hillman (1985-88) and April Ross (2000-03)  to now sit at sixth all-time in program history with 1,586 career kills.Another player who had a big night out on the pins was freshman Alyse Ford. The Laguna Beach, California native finished second on the team with a career-high 11 kills on a .321 hitting percentage, while adding four digs and a block.With all the pressure that comes with being a freshman in the tough Pac-12 conference, Ford knows her contributions will be important for the team moving forward.“As a freshman, I just try to do my part and try to contribute as much as I can,” Ford said. “There are definitely moments when I feel pressured, like when teams target me on serve receive, but I just try to stay in my zone and not let the pressure get the best of me.”Furthermore, junior libero Taylor Whittingham  anchored a USC defense that held the Lobos to a mere .110 team hitting percentage. The Rancho Santa Margarita, California, native averaged 6.33 digs per set and logged a match-high 19 digs, her ninth match with double-digit digs.Though her defense has certainly aided USC on its current winning streak, the veteran Whittingham knows her team has to take things day by day.“It’s great, but we’re not really thinking about any streak; we’re just focused on one match at a time. It’s a completely different team from last year — we have a different energy and confidence about ourselves. If we can keep those two things up, I think we can be unstoppable,” Whittingham said.By the end of the night, Bricio, Ford, and senior middle blocker Alicia Ogoms were named to the all-tournament team, with Bricio earning MVP honors for the eighth time in her career.USC began the tournament early Thursday morning with a match against Utah State. The Aggies, however, would prove to be no match for the high-powered USC offense, as the Women of Troy completed the 3-0 sweep (25-22, 25-9, 25-14). In the match, Bricio was feasting from behind the service line, tying her career-high and the USC single-match record with eight aces in just three sets.That serving streak would continue on into the night, as Bricio added five more aces to help the Women of Troy defeat the Pepperdine Waves 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-18) in their second match of the day. Bricio added a match-high 17 kills on a .394 hitting percentage to lead USC, while Whittingham contributed 16 digs and an ace.The quick turnaround on Friday morning was no problem for the Women of Troy as they easily handled Idaho State (25-20, 25-22, 25-18). This time, it was Ogoms who led USC with seven kills and eight blocks at the net. Junior middle blocker Elise Ruddins  added eight kills and four blocks of her own, freshman defensive specialist Victoria Garrick  tallied 11 digs and an ace and junior setter Alice Pizzasegola dished out 19 assists to go with four digs.It would be more of the same on Friday evening when the Lobos came to the Galen Center. New Mexico put up a fight throughout the night, but nothing could stop Bricio as USC earned its ninth straight sweep. To go along with Bricio and Ford’s 32 combined kills on the night, freshman setter Baylee Johnson  logged her third-career double-double and second of the day with 17 assists and 12 digs to dictate the USC offense. The win would improve USC’s series record to 6-1 all-time against New Mexico.With four more victories added to the column, USC remains perfect at 10-0 on the season heading into the final week of non-conference play. The Women of Troy will now take a few days off to rest before they travel to Norman, Oklahoma, to take part in the Oklahoma Nike Invitational on Sept. 17-18.last_img read more

Volleyball: Badgers surge with pair of top-5 wins over Penn State, Nebraska

first_imgIn a few of their early-season losses, the No. 7 University of Wisconsin Badgers volleyball team (8-4, 4-0 Big Ten) struggled to close out sets. Between allowing lengthy serving runs and compiling hitting errors, the Badgers gave up late leads and dropped games to quality opponents. This week, they closed out sets emphatically. Wisconsin knocked off the No. 8 Penn State Nittany Lions (10-3, 3-1) in four sets Wednesday before sweeping No. 5 (11-2, 3-1) Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln Saturday night. They managed a combined .339 hitting percentage against two of the top defenses in the Big Ten. A varied offensive attack that focused less on All-American junior middle blocker Dana Rettke left the Penn State and Nebraska defenses floundering. Volleyball: Badgers bounce back at home against Indiana, PurdueWhen asked how to rebound from back-to-back losses against Washington, Dana Rettke responded with the word “defense.” The Badgers backed Read…Against the Nittany Lions, junior outside hitter Grace Loberg tallied a career-high 21 kills on a blazing .486 hitting percentage. After a close first two sets where the teams traded 25–23 victories, the Badgers dominated the final two sets, winning 25–13 in both. A Badger run in the second set turned Penn State’s 16–12 lead into a Wisconsin 20–17 lead. This run seemed to continue throughout the rest of the match. From that 16–12 point, Loberg and company finished the match on a 63–33 run. The Nittany Lions hit a combined .043 in the final two sets while allowing the Badgers to hammer out a .382 hitting percentage. Following this impressive offensive display, the Badgers continued to swing freely against the Cornhuskers Saturday, finishing with a .376 hitting percentage and only nine errors. That is the highest mark Nebraska has allowed since 2011. Junior outside hitter Lexi Sun led the offensive attack for the Cornhuskers on a day where defense was quite the rarity. Nebraska finished with a .336 hitting percentage and had the most kills of any of their matches that lasted only three sets. They still lost all three.Volleyball: Penn State, Nebraska pose massive challenge for BadgersAfter a pair of wins over the weekend, the University of Wisconsin volleyball team (6-4, 2-0 Big Ten) faces perhaps Read…The story of the match was late Badger runs. Late in each set, the two teams were either tied or separated by only a point. Wisconsin finished the first set on a 9–4 run, the second set on an 11–5 run and the third set on a 6–2 run. This is the first time Nebraska has been swept on their home floor since 2014. Wisconsin finished with four players between 10 and 11 kills. Rettke landed 10 kills on 20 swings, but her middle blocking colleague sophomore Danielle Hart notched 10 kills herself on just 14 swings, giving her a .643 hitting percentage. These impressive pair of wins gives Wisconsin some much- needed confidence following their early-season woes to ranked teams.  The schedule technically eases up with only one ranked opponent this week instead of two.last_img read more

Clippers win sixth consecutive game, destroying the Orlando Magic 114-86

first_imgThe Clippers (13-5) led 31-23 after one quarter, 57-44 at halftime and 84-62 after three quarters. They have now won six consecutive games and eight of nine.Griffin led the Clippers with 21 points, J.J. Redick had 20 and Chris Paul 19. Griffin shot 9 of 16 from the field, Paul was 7 of 10 and Redick 7 of 11.DeAndre Jordan also had a fine game. He came through with eight points, 16 rebounds and three blocks. And Matt Barnes, the only starter to playing the fourth quarter, came through with 17 points.Tobias Harris led the Magic with 16 points and Victor Oladipo and Ben Gordon each scored 11.The starters — Paul, Griffin, Barnes, Jordan and Redick — shot a combined 62.7 percent (32 of 51). “The ball is going in the basket for us,” Rivers said. “When we looked at our analytics for the season, it said that we were shooting poorly against uncontested shots. Now we are making our uncontested shots. I think that we are getting better shots and making them.”Barnes, who shot 6 of 8, was the only starter to play in the fourth quarter. He came off as stoked about the turnaround of his team, which at one point was just 5-4 before they embarked on a seven-game road trip and won six.“I think there was so much pressure on us early and it just got to everybody,” he said. “Once we calmed down and realized that it is only December, we remembered that we know how to play this game and what we are capable of.“We know what kind of team we have, so if we just go out there and play, we are going to win.”Overall, the Clippers shot 53.8 percent from the field and held Orlando to 41.8 percent.“We were playing exactly how we should play,” Griffin said. “No matter if we are scoring or not, we are moving the ball. It never really sticks. Defensively, everybody is there for each other.”Vaughn bemoaned losing O’Quinn, but praised the Clippers.“It just put us another man down at that position,” he said of O’Quinn. “We didn’t have our starting center or our backup center. But (the Clippers) played extremely well.” It was so interesting that fans at Staples Center began doing the wave during a fourth quarter in which the Clippers led by as many as 31 points on their way to a 114-86 victory over the Magic before a sellout crowd of 19,060.The Clippers (13-5) led by as many as 15 points in the first quarter, but had that lead whittled down to just three at 38-35 when Orlando’s Kyle O’Quinn committed a flagrant 2 foul when he raked Griffin across the face hard as Griffin was going in for what figured to be a dunk try with 5:54 left in the second quarter.O’Quinn was ejected, Griffin made one of two free throws and the Clippers went on an 8-2 run to lead 46-37. Orlando (7-14) got back to within seven points a couple of times, but whatever look they had in the game seemed to be gone after the incident.Interestingly, Griffin didn’t think O’Quinn deserved a flagrant 2.“I didn’t really see much, I closed my eyes,” Griffin said, drawing laughter from reporters. “I got hit in the face. But, honestly, I didn’t think it was going to be a flagrant 2. I didn’t think there was anything vicious or anything like that. But I thought we responded well.” The Orlando Magic entered their game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday with a record of 7-13. But somehow, even without center Nikola Vucevic – their leading scorer and rebounder – they came within an eye lash of winning at high-flying Golden State on Tuesday, only to lose by a point on a 3-point basket by the Warriors’ Steph Curry with 2.2 seconds to play.Would the Magic — still without Vucevic because of back spasms — be down, or angry? Clippers coach Doc Rivers was hopeful it was the former, but …“You just don’t know,” he said. “They’re young, they’re resilient.”Jacque Vaughn, the Orlando head coach out of Muir High in Pasadena, said, “It’ll be interesting.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more