Alleged Nassau Police Brutality Victim’s Lawyer Says DA Botched Case

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An attorney for the Westbury man allegedly beaten by a Nassau County police officer has renewed calls for federal prosecutors to take over the case, which the lawyer claimed local prosecutors botched.Among the complaints are that Nassau prosecutors did not charge the officer’s partner—who is also seen throwing punches in a surveillance video of the alleged assault—didn’t ask the FBI to enhance the video and didn’t classify the case as a hate crime. The officers in the case are white and the victim is black.“They are virtually dumping it,” Amy Marion of Barket, Marion, Epstein & Kearon told reporters during a news conference Wednesday at her Garden City office. A spokeswoman for Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, did not respond to a request for comment.Marion represents the 20-year-old alleged police brutality victim, Kyle Howell, in a planned lawsuit against the police department and defendant, Officer Vincent LoGiudice, who pleaded not guilty in June to felony assault charges stemming from an April 25 traffic stop in New Cassel. Prosecutors dropped charges he and his partner, Officer Basil Gomez, filed against Howell, including counts of assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and drug possession. Howell has been recovering from a broken eye socket and other injuries and LoGiudice was suspended without pay.“These irresponsible and false allegations will not help seek justice in this case and there is no justification for a special prosecutor,” Paul Leonard, spokesman for District Attorney Kathleen Rice—who is running for Congress—said in a statement. “The police protested because they felt the DA was being too aggressive against them and now the other side is protesting that she’s not being aggressive enough. It sounds like the DA’s being precisely the type of independent fact-finder and prosecutor that the public deserves.”LoGiudice’s Rockville Centre-based attorney, William Petrillo, has criticized Howell for lying about what he was doing in his car when he was pulled over before the alleged beating. Howell had told reporters during a press conference that he was trying to keep his paycheck from blowing out of the open passenger side door. He later testified that he was trying to get rid of a bag of marijuana, as police had said they suspected.Marion said that her client was simply nervous about admitting to having marijuana on national television, but added that he never lied under oath and it still doesn’t justify being punched and kneed in the face.Howell’s mother, Joan, asked rhetorically: “If someone has marijuana, is it justification to beat someone half to death?”LoGiudice is due back in court Nov. 7.last_img read more

Women in leadership positions in credit unions: The power to change

first_imgYou will become stronger-We all know the adage, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” I have found this to be true in my life. I also have learned that being stronger sometimes means asking for help. In 2009, I knew I wasn’t in the right place. I tried to make myself fit in. Since I’ve always felt like a square peg in a round hole for most of my life, this wasn’t a new sensation. But something was different. I was looking for a sign or an opportunity or someone to tell me it was time to move along, but no message was coming through. An email ended up in my inbox. It’s the kind of email that you delete because it is so long and it’s from someone you don’t know and why waste your time wasting your time? For some reason, I did read it and it was about an event that was going to take place in a few weeks in MD.  I called my sister-in-law and told her about it, and we decided to meet in MD and if the conference wasn’t anything we wanted to hear, we would spend the weekend together and catch up. She lived in NJ and I lived in TX.We met there and something happened. The woman on stage was speaking directly to me. She was saying things I had only said to myself. She was the voice, the message and the opportunity to do something . . . and I did. The next Monday I went back to my office, I handed in my resignation and I finally took control of my life . . . I had the power to change. Change is inevitable. Sometimes change is forced upon us, while other times we initiate it. How skilled are you at handling the need to shift course, whether it is brought on by external or internal forces?  How do you tend to feel when you step outside your comfort zone? Exhilarated? Terrified? Lost? Remember, comfort zones are relative. Every time you step into uncharted territory, sooner or later you will find some degree of comfort there. Do not settle too deeply into this new comfort zone, as it may soon be time to step out again. When you are in a leadership position, others look to you for cues as to how they, too, might manage shifting tides and forge bravely ahead. Here are some of the benefits of change:Personal growth-Every time something changes, you have the opportunity to grow and learn not only about “things” but also about yourself.  Your core values are tested and strengthened-No matter what comes your way, your core values are what define you, so look at change as a way to reinforce those values. Situations improve-It may not look that way at first, but it is up to you to optimize the situation. You probably did not choose to be worse off than before—at least not for the long haul. So, whether the change was made by you, to you, or for you, get your big girl panties on and make improvements in your life. Opportunities will appear-They may be what you had hoped for, or they may be things you never previously considered. Be open and remain curious about what opportunities this change will bring.While change can be difficult, not changing can be fatal. We probably all can name now-defunct businesses that did not adapt to the times or to changes in consumer preferences. This applies as much to people as it does to companies. I remember my father was a jeweler. He crafted very expensive pieces and during the recession in the 80’s, we all suggested that he bring in some less expensive pieces. They could still be unique, but they weren’t going to cost a small fortune. He was adamant that he didn’t need to change, and you know the saying, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. I mentioned that perhaps we could bring in some local designers, some new ones that were starting out and had great promise. Again, he declined, and we stopped trying to show him how change could be powerful. In the end, his store closed, and he blamed everything except the power that he had to change. BTW, the designer that I had spoken to that was just starting out . . . David Yurman.We are all going through a time where it seems everything is changing. The way you do business. The way you connect. The way you say hello. The way you take care of yourself. While you feel like nothing is the same, you are probably being pushed outside your comfort zone. It’s time for you to understand and then . . . accept change and be brilliant.Start with baby steps. While some of our changes were thrown to us without any warning, remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day. Start with one step, then add another. Do not try to change everything at once. You will become overwhelmed, and when that happens, nothing else happens. Prioritize what needs to get done and start there. When you complete one baby step, go for another one. Do not forget to take a moment and congratulate yourself on a job well done. Throw in a reward or two and watch how quickly you move through your list. Get support. Do not do it alone. Surround yourself with positive people who can provide experience, wisdom, and connections. They too are navigating these choppy waters. While you are asking for help, they are also receiving some from you.Going back to the phrase “Change is Inevitable . . . let’s add on Growth is Optional.” Your reaction, attitude and behavior to change is in your hands.  Remember . . . you have the power to change.An old English proverb sums it all up, “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”To add levity while applying these needed course corrections, I like to declare, “Plot twist!” A little humor goes a long way. Flexibility-Change forces us to be flexible. You must bend and shift to meet new circumstances. 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Judy Hoberman Men and women sell, manage, recruit and supervise differently.  Judy Hoberman, creator of “Selling in a Skirt”, shares essential insights about gender differences and how to embrace and use those … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Prostitution Law Fail: 17 year old ‘pimp’

first_imgText to high-flier: ‘I’ve got a girl to sell’Stuff 12 October 2015A 17-year-old girl acted as a “pimp” for a wealthy Auckland businessman – finding and enticing girls as young as 15 to have sex with him in return for drugs and cash, prosecutors say.The pair allegedly preyed on methamphetamine-addicted teenagers, the 17-year-old sourcing the girls and delivering them to the man’s multimillion-dollar inner-Auckland property.The man, 56, and the girl, now aged 20, are on trial in the Auckland District Court over events alleged to have taken place from October 2010 to December 2011.The Crown says as well as inducing 15-year-old girls to provide “commercial sexual services” in return for methamphetamine, the pair conspired to drug one of the teenagers with the date-rape drug GHB.A text from the girl read: “She [the alleged victim] is very hard for me to tolerate lol. Let’s spike her please.” read more

Strong restarts send Shute to winner’s circle at Marshalltown Frostbuster

first_imgBy Jeremy FoxMARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (April 3) – A pair of strong restarts midway through Friday’s Frostbuster feature for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds helped send Todd Shute to the winner’s circle at Marshalltown Speedway. Shute took advantage of his front row start for the 25-lapper and pulled away from the rest of the field before cautions on laps 13 and 15. He got great restarts both times and went on to lead the remaining laps to take the $1,000 win. Adam Larson finished second, Mike Mullen was third, Luke Wanninger was fourth and Jason Wolla was fifth. Shute was already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.A total of 207 cars from 11 states and Canada were signed in for the third installment of Frost­buster Week.Randy Brands was the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner. Doug Smith showed the way to the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod checkers and Austin Luellen paced the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event. Brands wrestled the front spot away from Steve Meyer on lap 10. After showing the top line was fastest in turns three and four he took the win ahead of Damon Murty and Trent Murphy. Smith worked his way to a full straightaway advantage before the final caution was displayed on lap 15 in the Northern SportMod feature. He went on to the win over 15th starting Tracy Wassen­berg, 13th starting Hunter Parsons, 24th starting Lucas Lamberies and Cameron Meyer. Billy Rhodes was the early Hobby Stock leader before Luellen completed the pass for the lead on lap five. John Watson was second and Benji Irvine third. Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 2. Adam Larson, Ankeny; 3. Mike Mullen, Seymour, Wis.; 4. Luke Wanninger, Minburn; 5. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 6. Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont, Wis.; 7. Jacob Murray, Hartford; 8. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 9. Josh Most, Red Oak; 10. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 11. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown; 12. Mitch Morris, Long Grove; 13. Kyle Brown, State Center; 14. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 15. Cole Ferguson, Dexter; 16. Brian Irvine, Oelwein; 17. Eddie Muenster, Green Bay, Wis.; 18. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 19. Josh Gilman, Earlham; 20. Dustin Smith, Lake City; 21. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa; 22. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 23. Mike Jergens, Plover; 24. Richie Gustin Jr., Gilman. Stock Cars – 1. Randy Brands, Boyden; 2. Damon Murty, Chelsea; 3. Trent Murphy, Jefferson; 4. Steve Meyer, Grundy Center; 5. Donavon Smith, Lake City; 6. Jay Schmidt, Tama; 7. Justin Temeyer, Independence; 8. Michael Jaennette, Newton; 9. Brendon LaBatte, Weyburn, Sask.; 10. Bret Koeh­ler, Two Rivers, Wis.; 11. Brian Mahlsledt, Ionia; 12. Jason See, Albia; 13. Donavon Nun­nikhoven, Sully; 14. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn.; 15. Norman Chesmore, Rowley; 16. Jerry Miles, Bernard; 17. Robbie Merkle, Des Moines; 18. Brandon Hare, Elma; 19. Scott Pippert, El­beron; 20. Tyler Pickett, Boxholm; 21. Andrew Lokenvitz, Charles City; 22. Jim Lynch, Bloomfield; 23. Jared Daggett, Marshalltown; 24. Dave Atcher, Marshalltown.Northern SportMods – 1. Doug Smith, Lake City; 2. Tracy Wasssenberg, Shawano, Wis.; 3. Hunter Parsons, Green Bay, Wis.; 4. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis.; 5. Cameron Meyer, Pierce, Neb.; 6. Ryan Besaw, Amro, Wis.; 7. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill; 8. Beau Handschke, New London, Wis.; 9. Sam Weiben, Dysart; 10. Andy Tiernan, Woodward; 11. Jon Schultz, Waunakee, Wis.; 12. Brett Lowry, Montezuma; 13. Neil Follett, Conrad; 14. Kevin Bethke, Neenah, Wis.; 15. Adam Shelman, Ames; 16. Logan Scott, Odelbolt; 17. Kurtis Pihl, Falun, Kan.; 18. Colby Heish­man, Brooklyn; 19. Jenae Gustin, Marshalltown; 20. Brandon Williams, Des Moines; 21. Shawn Ritter, Keystone; 22. Jared Van Deest, Holland; 23. Ben Wilson, Nevada; 24. Clint Luellen, Min­burn.Hobby Stocks – 1. Austin Luellen, Minburn; 2. John Watson, Des Moines; 3. Benji Irvine, Oelwein; 4. Eric Stanton, Carlisle; 5. Justin Lichty, Waterloo; 6. Garrett Eilander, Newton; 7. Justin Wacha, Vinton; 8. Chad LeGere, Des Moines; 9. Jeremy Purdy, Bedford; 10. Jeremy Auten, Clarinda; 11. Jamie Songer, Ankeny; 12. David Schmidt, Casco, Wis.; 13. Aaron Rudolph, Grand Junction; 14. Chanse Hollatz, Clear Lake; 15. Dustin Elliott, Marshalltown; 16. Shawn Kuen­nen, Hazleton; 17. Andy Hick, Adel; 18. Tyson Overton, Carlisle; 19. Sterling Sorenson, Portsmouth; 20. Solomon Bennett, Perry; 21. C.J. Dall, Marshalltown; 22. Billy Rhodes, Maynard; 23. Andrew Burg, Adel; 24. Craig Graham, Webster City.last_img read more

Grand opening of Bier Hall this Friday

first_imgBatesville, IN—HPH Hospitality owners Peyton Hughes and Georg Heringer are excited to announce the Grand Opening of the Bier Hall in Batesville, Indiana. This concludes a more than $2.7 million, 3-year remodel of the historic Sherman House Restaurant and Inn and the attached Hillenbrand Furniture Factory. With the addition of the Bier Hall which is adjacent to the Biergarten, you can find live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. The new Bier Hall houses a custom-made 50-foot copper bar, with pool tables, dartboards, a variety of seating, TVs, and a large band stage with a dance floor so you can show off your moves. In conjunction with the existing Biergarten that was added in 2017, Batesville now has an entertainment venue that will bring people to Batesville from all over the region and help further grow the economy in the region. Attached is a formal announcement and grand opening schedule.The Historical Sherman House Restaurant and Inn was originally built in 1852 and was given its name in 1865 in honor of General Sherman and the 83rd Volunteer Infantry from Indiana. The Sherman House closed its door in 2015, which had a negative impact on the local downtown community, as this iconic landmark was a destination for the city of Batesville and the region. Therefore, there was cause for excitement when Peyton and Georg purchased it in March 2016. They painstakingly remodeled the first floor in the course of one year that included replacement of the roof and deteriorated cross timbers on the façade, painting the exterior, a deep cleaning of exposed interior beams in the restaurant and a complete gutting of the guest rooms. The addition of the new Black Forest Bar, new tile and historical photographs found throughout the property as well as restoring the dining room murals, added in 1953 by Hoosier artist Harold Hancock The Sherman restaurant reopened to the public on February 2017. The Sherman quickly became the pride and joy of Main Street in Batesville once again with its facelift and beautifully restored interior. The next phase was the opening of the newly remodeled 22 boutique guest rooms of The Sherman Hotel, which with their upgraded modern amenities; each room creates a unique place for a memorable weekend getaway, a layover between destination, a family visit or work trip. With the addition of the Biergarten in September 2017, which took a normal everyday parking lot and transformed it into a traditional German Biergarten complete with planted maple trees, the excitement in the region continued to grow as the community started to prosper again. The Sherman then opened its Gift Shop where you can now purchase authentic German crafts, beer steins, dirndls, lederhosen and so much more.This brings us to the opening of the newest and final phase, the Bier Hall that completes the build-out of their half-a-city block. Peyton and Georg are dedicated to the Batesville community and the economic growth that they continue to help spur. So, they invite you to come out and join them at the event on Friday, June 14, 2019, from 4:30 pm to 2 am to help not only highlight their Bier Hall opening but everything their facility has to offer as well as the Batesville Community.last_img read more

Bear Causes 5-Car Crash in Florida

first_imgWhile bears have been known to cause problems for humans, they typically don’t cause traffic problems.But that’s what a black bear in Collier County, Florida did on Thursday when he decided to take a stroll on Interstate 75 during the morning commute.When a pickup swerved to avoid the bear, it set off a chain reaction that caused five cars to crash and a tractor-trailer to jackknife and overturn, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The multiple accidents resulted in a several-mile backup and a lot of late employees.Three people were injured in the melee, one of them seriously. The bear didn’t survive.last_img read more

An Assistant U.S. attorney fatally shoots wife before turning gun on himself

first_imgOfficials in Granite Bay, California are reporting that a federal prosecutor fatally shot his wife before turning the gun on himself.The incident was reported on Sunday.Placer County Sheriff’s Office investigators say they received a call from the victim’s mother requesting a welfare check after she was unable to get in touch with the couple.When authorities arrived, they found Assistant U.S. attorney of the Eastern District of California Timothy Delgado and his wife Tamara Delgado dead inside of the home.After an initial investigation, officials determined that Timothy first shot his wife before turning the gun on himself.It is unclear what may have led to the shooting, however authorities reported that they are continuing their investigation.The U.S. Attorney’s Office also reported that they are cooperating with the investigation.last_img read more

Goodluck starts defence of Individual title

first_img… Team Guyana seek to regain Short Range honoursTHE 2019 edition of the West Indies Full-bore Shooting Council (WIFBSC)/West Indies Full Bore Championships fired off Monday with the Individual competition at the Tucker Valley Rifle Range, Chaguaramas.Defending champion, Guyanese Ransford Goodluck, is one of 75 shooters who will be competing from Guyana, Canada, England, Bermuda, Antigua, Barbados, and host nation, Trinidad and Tobago.Hosting the competition after many years is the Northern Rifle Association of Trinidad and Tobago (NRATT) and it will conclude on Saturday, following the second Team Short Range Match and the Guyanese will be aiming to regain this trophy.Since there is no Long Range in T&T, the Guyanese will retain the championship trophy for another year. Firing off the first shot yesterday to officially commence this year’s competition was the Acting Chief of Defence, Staff Colonel Darnley Wyke after addressing the competitors.According to the host, history has been created in T&T since it’s the first time that members of the TTDF, TTPS and Cadets will be competing. Also, this will be the first time, there will be the introduction of innovative technology through the use of electronic targets which will be used to collate and tally points for the tournament.Guyana’s captain, Mahendra Persaud, has expressed confidence that his charges will be tough to beat in the individual competition and they will be knocking heads and pulling triggers in unison to regain the Short Range Championship.The Adjutant for the Guyanese team who arrived in the Twin Island Republic last Sunday is Dane Blair while the team coaches are Mahendra Persaud, Lennox Braithwaite, Dylan Fields (vice-captain) and Ransford Goodluck.The full Guyanese team: Mahendra Persaud (captain), Dylan Fields (vice-captain), Ransford Goodluck (reigning WI Individual Champion), Lennox Braithwaite, John Fraser (USA-based), Roberto Tewari, Ryan Sampson, Peter Persaud, Leo Ramalho and Sherwin Felicien. Fields and Felicien will be joining the team tomorrow.The Individual championships will continue today and end tomorrow when the winner will be decided. Tomorrow will be a rest day when the Annual General Meeting of the WIFBSC takes place. Guyanese Ryan Sampson is the Secretary while Jamaican Major John Nelson is the president and they are expected to retain their positions.Friday will be a Team Match with the West Indies Team Match, both being shot at the Short Range (300, 500 and 600 yards) set for Saturday.The presentation dinner will be on Saturday evening.last_img read more

Team Nigeria in Winning Start at ITF Junior Circuit

first_imgChristopher Itodo came from a set down to beat India’s Raba Katalya 3-6, 6-0, 6-0 to launch Nigeria to a winning start at the ongoing ITF U-18 West and Central Africa Circuit holding at the Stade Lamite, Cotonou.Itodo’s come-from-behind victory proved a tonic for compatriot Christopher Bulus who also progressed to the second round with a 6-2,6-1 win over Tinde Sulayyman of Cote d’Ivoire.Rain held up most of the day’s proceedings at the tournament which is featuring over 120 players from Africa, Europe Asia and North America. Nigerian top seed Angel Mcleod is drawn bye and she will meet the winner of the tie between Manuella Eloundou of Cameron and Bissolla Lassissi of Benin Republic.Fixture delay also forced Barakat Quadri’s match to be rescheduled for Wednesday where she will be up against Vania Dossier of Togo.Morocco-based Quadri triumphed in straight sets in the most recent meeting against the Togolese which was at the 2016 West & Central Africa Zonal Qualifiers for the African Junior Championship in Abuja in January.“We are in high spirit because we know our performance here in recent years have been fantastic. We will try as much as possible to push through to the medal zones and hopefully we will retain our top position for the third straight year, ” Nigeria’s coach, Mohammed Ubale said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Okpekpe Race: Police to Deploy Sniffer Dogs, Horses, Choppers

first_imgHe said the deployment of horses and dogs was in addition to hundreds of security personnel that would be engaged to man strategic points, before, during and after the race which would take place on May 25.He noted that the essence of the security arrangement was aimed at getting Gold Label for the race as well as guarantee safety of 100 elites athletes, as well as other participants and officials for the race.“We are fully ready in the area of security preparation for the race. We are working with the Police and  other security agencies to guarantee safety for everybody for the race.“Aside the sniffer dogs and horses that would be available, choppers would be deployed for aerial surveillance and would take record of everything.“As for the sniffer dogs and horses, they are also for security purposes as well as crowd control,” he stated.Similarly, the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), said they would make available two of their ambulances fitted with emergency equipment and Para-Medics.The hospital’s head of Accident and Emergency Department, Dr. Jude Nwachukwu, made the disclosure at the briefing.He said every measure that would ensure quick response to emergency situation for the road race had been put in place.Nwachukwu said aside the ambulances and Para-Medics, Nurses and Doctors had been engaged to respond to any emergency situation.He however advised that to avert any emergency situation, it would be proper to test the fitness level of the athletes.The Okpekpe Road organiser, said 100 elite athletes from 15 countries, including China, USA, Ethiopia, South Africa, Ghana and Zimbabwe, had registered for the race.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Adibe Emenyonu in Benin CityAs part of measures to ensure adequate security, management of the 10km Okpekpe Road Race, the Police has said it would deploy sniffer Dogs, choppers and horses in this year’s edition of the annual marathon race at Okpekpe, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State.Austin Gbaraba, Security Coordinator of the race,  disclosed at a media briefing in Benin, the state capital.last_img read more