Cops Seek Tips in Teen’s Shooting Death

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jonathan Graff’s body was found in a Bay Shore Park on Friday, Oct. 10, police said.Suffolk County police Saturday afternoon released a photo of the Queens teenager whose lifeless body was found in a Bay Shore Park after he was shot to death. Police also said they’re seeking the public’s help in 17-year-old Jonathan Graff’s shooting death. He was last seen in Jamaica on Oct. 9, police said. Graff was wearing dark blue jeans, a black hooded sweatshirt, a baseball cap and black sneakers, police said.A man walking his dog in Spur Drive Park late Friday afternoon discovered Graff’s body and called police. Graff’s body was taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy. Anyone with information on the shooting or who may have seen Graff before the incident is asked to call Homicide Squad detectives at 631-852-6392 or Crimes Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

Conservative Party Chair Ed Walsh Guilty of Theft, Wire Fraud

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County Conservative Party Chairman Ed Walsh was convicted Thursday on federal wire fraud and theft of funds charges for collecting $200,000 in salary for hours he spent golfing, gambling and politicking while he was on the clock as a correction lieutenant at Suffolk County jail.He was described as both a thief and a victim of politically motivated investigators when prosecutors and defense attorneys gave closing arguments Thursday following the three-week-long trial at Central Islip federal court.“The defendant thinks that because because he has influence…he’s special,” Raymond Tierney, assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, told the jury. “The defendant isn’t special, the rules apply to him, and he needs to be held responsible for his actions.”Federal prosecutors made their case by comparing Walsh’s time sheets with records from Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, various Long Island golf courses, the Conservative Party, his cell phone, bank transactions and other documents between 2011 and 2014. Attorneys for Walsh, who retired shortly before the trial began so he could collect his pension, had argued that he was free to come and go as he pleased and make up the hours later.Among the witnesses who took the stand at the high-profile trial were U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), Judge Anthony Senft and Suffolk Democratic Chairman Richard Schaffer, who also serves as Babylon Town Supervisor. The prosecution’s star witness was Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco, the county’s highest ranking elected official who’s also a member of the Conservative Party, which counts Suffolk as having its highest enrollment in New York State. DeMarco testified that he brought the case to the FBI after Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota refused to subpoena Walsh’s records.After quoting Walsh telling internal affairs investigators that Spota wouldn’t prosecute him, Tierney questioned the credibility of the witnesses called by the defense. They included the Hampton Hills Golf Course manager who was unaware that Walsh’s golf cart rental receipts had the correct time on them despite the defense’s claims to the contrary, as well as a deputy warden and former Conservative Party committeeman who said that he’d disapprove of subordinates playing golf while they’re on the clock but didn’t have a problem with Walsh doing so.Leonard Lato, one of Walsh’s defense attorneys, mainly questioned the credibility of the sheriff, whom he called “credibility starved,” “unworthy of belief” and a “vengeful narcissist.” At one point he suggested DeMarco should be the one on the other side of the jail cell bars.“Mr. DeMarco is not only biased against Mr. Walsh, he’s committing a crime,” Lato said, drawing an objection from Tierney that Judge Arthur Spatt overruled. “Ed Walsh should not be in this courthouse; Vincent DeMarco should be as a defendant.”The jury never heard what led to the falling out between Walsh and DeMarco. Walsh had helped DeMarco twice get re-elected, and DeMarco had promoted Walsh to be his liaison to outside law enforcement agencies in 2006.“Something happened and the government never elicited what it was,” Lato said. “Mr. DeMarco knows, but he’s not saying.”Lato also continued to call into question the accuracy of cell-site data authorities used to map where Walsh was on days when he claimed to be at work. Prosecutors called a cell phone engineer to explain how the information proved where Walsh was, but a defense expert witness suggested that the data wasn’t reliable. The verdict suggested that the jury sided with the prosecution’s assertion that the data was correct.Tierney pointed out that one investigator had spotted Walsh, while he knew he was the target of an internal affairs investigation, using a dirt road to leave the jail before his shift was over instead taking the main entrance.“His sneaking around is evidence of his guilt,” Tierney said.Apparently the jury didn’t need much time to agree. Their deliberation lasted about an hour.last_img read more

America has a history of backing despots

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIn Vice President Pence’s address to one of the most right leaning organizations in this country, CPAC, one of the others being the NRA, he claimed, rightfully so, that the United States doesn’t stand with murderous dictatorships; we stand up to them, referring to North Korea. That’s certainly an admirable position. But by feeding these organizations the “red meat,” the Trump administration feels it needs to placate the base. We have neglected our history in dealing with and supporting despotic, tyrannical and murderous regimes. I don’t expect Donald Trump to have much interest or knowledge of history, so let me give a few examples of the rogue nations we have supported or turned a blind eye to because it suited our needs. First and foremost is Russia under Stalin, who had millions of his citizens sent to the gulag. How about Chile, where we had a democratically elected leader, Salvador Allende, removed in favor of a military dictator, Gen. Pinochet? Next, I might mention Iran, where we and the British installed Shah Pahlavi in support of our and their oil needs. We all know how that turned out. I could go on, but on the chance Mr. Trump reads The Gazette, I wanted to keep this within his intellectual capacity to absorb.James BrodieSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musiclast_img read more

Malawi reports first coronavirus death

first_imgTopics : “Our fifth patient to test positive from COVID-19 has sadly passed on in the early hours of this morning,” Mhango told reporters.Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. According to World Bank figures, more than half of the 17 million population lives below the poverty line.President Peter Mutharika declared a state of emergency on March 23 to combat the virus, closing schools until further notice.He has since announced the opening of new testing centers for COVID-19 and the recruitment by the health ministry of 2,000 extra staff. Over the weekend, Mutharika said he would cut his own salary and the wages of his ministers to help fund the fight against coronavirus.center_img Malawi announced its first coronavirus death on Tuesday as well as three additional cases, bringing the tally of infections to eight in one of the last countries in Africa to report the disease. Health Minister Jappie Mhango said the victim was a 51-year-old woman who had recently travelled to Britain and had an underlying medical condition.She died in Blantyre, Malawi’s second city and political capital.  last_img read more

BBC commits £1.9bn in contributions to wipe out pension deficit

first_imgThe body, which is partly funded by a public TV-license fee, will now contribute £740m over the next four years, compared with the previous schedule of £375m.The schedule agreed at the 2010 triennial review would have seen the BBC contribute £675m between 2014 and 2021, but this will now rise to £1.2bn.By 2026, the end of the new schedule, the organisation will have contributed £1.96bn, aiming to remove the deficit completely.Despite the higher than expected return on the scheme’s assets, the trustees said market conditions were to blame.The fall in UK government bond yields since 2010 resulted in a £1.6bn addition to the deficit.Bill Matthews, chair of the trustees, said the scheme also agreed to add two years to its funding plan to reach self-sufficiency.He also said the trustees shifted the firm’s investment portfolio to provide greater certainty on returns and complement the scheme’s growing pensioner population.Since 2010, the scheme has reduced its equity holding by 18 percentage points, as it now accounts for 38% of holdings. This was in reaction to the increase in the number of pensioners by 3,800.Bonds now account for 31% of investments, compared with 22% in 2010, while the scheme has actively increased its allocation to alternatives, rising to 17% from 9%.The scheme was also only 53.1% funded on a buyout basis, with an additional £9.1bn required from the BBC to cover this.However, the trustees stressed the scheme had no plans to enter this arrangement.“Throughout the process, the trustees were conscious of the need to strike a balance that was both appropriate for members and did not undermine the BBC’s ability to support the scheme,” Matthews said.“I must stress that the scheme will continue to pay out benefits in line with its rules.” The BBC has been forced to double its contributions to its pension scheme after the triennial review revealed a sharp rise in the deficit.The BBC Pension Scheme, which has around 59,000 members including 22,000 pensioners, saw its deficit increase by £900m (€1.1bn) from 2010, hitting £2bn.The results of its 2013 triennial valuation now estimate its liabilities at £12.3bn, up by £3bn, compared with assets of £10.3bn, which also rose by £2.1bn.As a result, the schedule of contributions from the UK broadcaster to its pension scheme has now been ramped up.last_img read more

The Jetsons house of tomorrow, here today

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoOne of the most innovative and exciting products ROCKCOTE have been involved with.“As you can see the quality of the products used and the external and internal finishes of the job have been absolutely critical to the success of the final product,” Ms Cameron said.“Rendering took nearly 12 months and Rockcote render was used on all surfaces outside and inside the house with the exception of one timber clad room.“The home’s organic curves required a seamless, continuous render finish.“This is unlike ‘standard’ homes where corners of room provide ‘stop points’ for render to finish.“The incredible architecture and curved surfaces presented major challenges for the renderers which required creative thinking and innovative solutions for application — for instance, renderers used abseiling techniques for application and non-standard tools and trowels to complete the job.” MORE: Rockcote director Chris Cameron said it was one of the most innovative and exciting projects their product had been used on. ‘Dome house’ which is finished with ROCKCOTE render.Welcome to the future.While it may look like something straight from The Jetsons, it’s not an artist’s impression. This house is right here, right now and was doable thanks to a Sunshine Coast-based national company’s product and their highly trained tradespeople. The living, kitchen and barbecue zones are in one pod, the sleeping areas in the other pod and downstairs is an exterior ‘moon’ shower. The incredible architecture and curved surfaces presented major challenges for the renderers which required creative thinking and innovative solutions for applications.GCB Constructions director Trent Clark was tasked with what he said was a “one in a billion” project in late 2016, with construction started in early 2017 with completion in August this year.“The formwork for the off-form concrete structure required GCB to engage specialised Movie World staff to produce a model for the foam egg-shaped formwork to be shotcrete,” Mr Clark said.“Being majority design and construct, this extremely unique and challenging project required an intensive collaboration to rationalise the delivery methodology and buildability due to its ‘out of the box’ vision by our client.”The private residence at 3-5 Tweed Tce, Tweed Heads, which has three-bedrooms, three-bathrooms, is made up of two ‘pods’.center_img ‘Fixer Upper’ brings farmhouse style to 1930-built home Celebrity’s plan to bring design to Australian home >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< The products used included Rockcote’s cement, polymer-modified powder blend render externally, and water-based, acrylic compound render inside.Rockcote, based in Yandina, worked in conjunction with renderers and fully qualified Rockcote master artisans Render X’s Matt Jamieson and Gold Coast Render Technologies’ Chris Porpep.The products used included Rockcote’s cement, polymer-modified powder blend render externally, and water-based, acrylic compound render inside.last_img read more

Bernice Dunbar

first_imgBernice Dunbar, age 92, formerly of Osgood passed away Friday December 21, 2018 at Crystal Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Greenwood, MS. Bernice was born on April 6, 1926, the daughter of the late Wiley and Ethel (Coldiron) Spurlock. She was preceded in death by her loving husband John Bert Dunbar, on February 2, 1989. Bernice grew up along with her brothers and sisters in Kentucky and Indiana. She had owned and operated Dunbar Beauty Shop in Osgood, IN for many years and then worked at the US Shoe factory in Osgood, IN. She had previously attended the Osgood United Methodist Church and then later became a member of the New Testament Christian Church of Osgood.Bernice was the true meaning of a lady. She had a stubborn side and was not afraid to voice it. Bernice loved to travel and spend time with her friends and family. She was and will continue to be an inspiration to everyone that was blessed enough to know her.Surviving relatives include, 2 sons; Bruce Dunbar (Anne) of Carrollton, MS and Donald Hinkle of Edgefield, SC. Granddaughters surviving are, Anna (Wayne) Winters of Spring Hill, TN, Jennifer Lewis, Edgefield, SC and Lisa (BJ) Creswell of Gautier, MS. One grandson Dustin (Emily) Dunbar of Spring Hill, TN; 10 great grandchildren and 3 great-great- grandchildren. Sisters surviving are Ruby Hinkle Mathis and Alpha Adams-Fabbri.She was preceded in death by grandson John Benjamin Dunbar, brothers; Fred, Taylor and Phillip Spurlock and sister Hazel Spier.Services will be all in one day, Friday, December 28, 2018 at Neal’s Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm at which time the funeral will begin. Burial will be at Holton Cemetery in Holton, IN. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Association.www.nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

Sevilla re-sign Rakitic on four-year deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Suarez agrees Atletico terms Messi becomes football’s second billionaire + Top 10 Barcelona have announced the departure of midfielder Ivan Rakitic to former club Sevilla for just £1.3 million.The 32-year-old had been earmarked as a player that could be moved on this summer in the wake of the club’s 8-2 mauling by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals, with the club planning an overhaul by selling several first team stars. Rakitic has signed a four-year deal with the Andalusian side, who he left to join Barca for £18 million in 2014.The deal could rise to £8 million with bonuses.In a statement, Barcelona thanked him for his efforts during his six years at the club and praised his achievements – announcing a farewell ceremony for him this week.The statement said: “FC Barcelona publicly expresses its gratitude to Rakitic for his commitment and dedication and wishes him good luck and success in the future.“Versatile, hard-working and with a good vision of the game, he ends his career as a Barca player with 310 games, in which he has made 40 assists and 36 goals. This Wednesday, September 2, starting at 11am, the farewell ceremony and subsequent telematic press conference of the player will take place.” Posting the news on their official Twitter page, Sevilla wrote: “@IvanRakitic returns home, he is a #SevillaFC player once again! Welcome back, Ivan!”Rakitic played 310 times for the Spanish giants, scoring 36 goals and winning nine major trophies – including four LaLiga titles and the Champions League.Tags: BarcelonaRakiticSEVILLAlast_img read more

Holloway reveals late Zaha bid

first_img Press Association “All I can talk about is how I felt when certain things were out there – that he didn’t care, he wasn’t putting it in and his heart wasn’t with us when we were having a dodgy spell. “It just wasn’t true. He couldn’t help us more if he tried – he was trying too hard. Nothing pleased me more in the final that he won a penalty and we scored. “Against Brighton away he got two – fantastic. What more would that boy need to do for Crystal Palace if he isn’t a legend already?” Holloway was full of praise for Zaha, whose legacy he believes “will be very, very difficult for anyone to emulate”. The Palace boss also thinks you would be hard pushed to find a better place for the winger to take his talent to the next level. “They produce and nurture talent,” Holloway said. “I remember Cristiano Ronaldo a few years ago doing 15million step-overs and getting nowhere. And now look what he does. “Who has helped? I would suggest it is Man United and the attitude of the club. I am delighted for him. “He will have to learn about being a big club and what that means but I am so proud of that boy, I can’t tell you.” The 20-year-old is now at Old Trafford full-time but is unlikely to feature when the sides meet on Saturday given he has yet to make his Premier League debut for David Moyes’ side. Holloway is not surprised by the fact Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor has not yet played him and is part of the reason why he tried to bring him back on loan. When asked the last time he tried to re-sign Zaha, Holloway said: “The day the window shut. Just in case. “I think out of respect to them I knew damn well they wouldn’t do it. What would that look like? And there will be enough competitions to give him some games. “I have been continually asking because the person who brought him isn’t there anymore. “I think from Wilf’s point of view it would be much easier for Sir Alex to play him. “David has just gone in and sometimes with Wilf it is a risk as he doesn’t always track back. “But I think his career at Man United will be a success because of the boy that he is. David will select him at the right time, which is completely right. Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway tried to bring Wilfried Zaha back from Manchester United up until the very last moment of the transfer window. A graduate of the south Londoners’ academy, the winger joined Manchester United in January for a reported £15million. Despite the move, Zaha returned to Palace on loan for the remainder of the season and furthered his fans’ favourite status by helping propel the club back to the Premier League. last_img read more

Kiss: We face a challenge

first_img Brian O’Driscoll sat out part of Ireland’s team run at the Aviva Stadium in their final session before Saturday’s opening autumn international against Samoa. Specialist defensive coach Kiss confirmed O’Driscoll is fully fit to start though, and only sat out as part of a workload agreed with head coach Joe Schmidt. Cian Healy, new full-time captain Paul O’Connell and muscular flanker Sean O’Brien all lie in wait on Ireland’s bench to be unleashed in the second half against the Pacific Islands nation. Experienced 50-cap scrum-half Eoin Reddan and accomplished Leinster out-half Ian Madigan are also named among the replacements. New boss Schmidt is renowned for stacking his benches to unleash a bevy of second-half talent and change the complexion of a match if required. Kiss admitted the new Ireland chief will transfer that Leinster tactic to the national job – but said those assets will be useless without big impact from the starting XV. He explained: “You can look at that bench and say there’s a fair bit of strike power there. But that’s for later in the game. “We’ve got to make sure we start the game well and put ourselves in a strong position. “If we don’t do that then the bench won’t be important and won’t be able to make any impact at all. “They are a lethal unit if they get going, so we’ve been making sure our guys have their heads in the right place for this game. “When you haven’t got the ball against this team, the minute you switch off or decide to take a rest, you’ll be found out in one aspect or another. “They’ve got some big powerful forwards who can go through the middle, or work around the edges of the ruck. “Tusi Pisi is a real handful at fly-half if you give him space to work, and Johnny Leota and Pisi have built a great combination in midfield there. “Their running lines and the way they can carry and damage a defensive line are things we need to be aware of, and they have a lot of speed. “But they don’t mind kicking the ball either, in varying situations, to challenge your back field. “It really is a challenge across the park, so defensively we’ve got to have our hats on. “They can hurt you at any time, and it really is a challenge against this side. “I think in the last five Tests they have averaged three tries a Test, and that’s against good teams, beating Wales amongst that, beating Scotland and Italy. “So they will be very confident about where they are.” Ireland’s replacements bench heavy artillery will be useless unless the starting line-out subdue potent Samoa, warns assistant coach Les Kiss. Press Associationlast_img read more