Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jasmine JosephNassau County police Tuesday identified the woman found dead in a parked car shortly after midnight in a Syosset parking lot as 22-year-old Jasmine Joseph, who had been missing for two weeks.Joseph, of Syosset, died of an apparent suicide, Inspector Kenneth Lack told reporters Tuesday during a news conference at police headquarters in Mineola. It appears Joseph inhaled a “noxious substance,” Lack said.The Nassau County Medical Examiner has yet to complete an autopsy on her body, but police came to that determination after Joseph’s body was discovered wedged between the front and back seats of her Nissan Altima. The car was discovered in the parking lot of a strip mall on Cedar Street and Jericho Turnpike, less than a mile from where she lived.Lack declined to say if a suicide note was found, and said Joseph’s motivations are still unclear.Investigators have yet to determine how long Joseph had been dead before Tuesday’s tragic discovery, but police believe the car sat there idly for “an extensive period of time,” Lack said.The position in which her body was in made her unnoticeable to passersby, police said.Patrol officers located the car but officers didn’t enter the vehicle until a robot deemed the car safe of any toxins.Joseph was last heard from on the afternoon of Feb. 24 when she told her parents that she was studying at New York Institute of Technology’s Old Westbury campus library.Police said Joseph stopped attending classes in October, but her parents were still under the impression that she was going to class.Lack said early on in the investigation there were some indications that she may have left the county. Joseph also happened to be driving one of the most popular cars on the road, which complicated matters, police said.Lack said police are still looking into her personal life but said “she was somewhat deceptive in her personal life, which made the investigation more complicated.” He specifically mentioned Joseph’s decision to hide the fact that she was no longer attending classes at NYIT.Police conducted an extensive search when notified of her disappearance. Police investigated phone records and examined her computer and even checked international flights.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 21-year-old man surrendered to investigators after allegedly crashing a car into a church in his hometown of Baldwin and then running from the scene over the weekend, Nassau County police said.Sherif Wheeler, who was admitted to a local hospital, was issued a ticket for driving without a license and leaving the scene of an incident with injury.First Squad detectives said that Wheeler was driving an Infiniti G35 southbound on Grand Avenue, when he lost control of the car and struck a tree, a fence and the Second Baptist Church at 4:25 a.m. Sunday.A 20-year-old man who was a passenger in the car was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in the crash. Wheeler initially fled the scene before turning himself in at the First Precinct station house, police said.Wheeler is scheduled to be arraigned March 23 at First District Court in Hempstead.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A “very aggressive” three-foot-long crocodile was found inside a cardboard box left in the parking lot of a Melville office building Tuesday, officials said.The unusual discovery was made at about 11 a.m. at 25 Melville Park Road following an anonymous call to the Town of Huntington Animal Shelter, according to Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross.The worker who took the call was suspicious at first, Gross said, because hoaxes are not uncommon in their experience. But when the shelter employee went to investigate the box in the parking lot of the industrial area, it had a crocodile inside it.Gross noted the crocodile was feisty, and difficult at first to corral. But the crocodile was safely captured and transported to the animal shelter before it was turned over to the Suffolk SPCA.Since crocodiles and similar reptiles like alligators grow at a rate of one foot each year, Gross believes the fanged crocodile is 3 years old.He speculated that its former owner had purchased the reptile when it was young but could not care for it as it grew older, and decided to abandon it. After several years as pets, crocodiles, like alligators, can become “very difficult to handle,” Gross noted.The Suffolk SPCA chief has been vocal in recent months about the risks of owning dangerous reptiles. Long Island has seen a slew of alligators over the past two years. This year alone, the Suffolk SPCA has received at least four calls regarding the crocodilian species—which includes crocodiles, caimans, and alligators. This is the first crocodile discovery Gross can recall in years, he said.Crocodiles and alligators are illegal to own in New York State. Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross holding “aggressive” crocodile found in Melville. (Photo credit: Suffolk SPCA) The Suffolk County SPCA will be pursuing criminal charges, Gross said. If the person who left the reptile menace in Melville is identified and arrested, he or she could face charges of abandonment and endangering the public with a wild animal, which combined carry a penalty of one year in jail or a $1,000 fine. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation could also charge the person who abandoned the croc with possessing an illegal reptile, Gross said.A joint investigation by the Suffolk SPCA and DEC police officers has been opened, Gross said.The Suffolk SPCA is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible. Anyone with any information is asked to call the agency at 631-382-7722.Gross said if the person responsible had called his organization instead of abandoning the reptile in the parking lot he’d consider it amnesty and would not be pressing charges.“It’s unfortunate that people still get these animals illegally,” Gross lamented.
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Metro Sport ReporterMonday 22 Jul 2019 9:33 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.9kShares SPONSORED / Coming Next struggling Manchester United captain Harry… Comment Read More 1/1 Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Video Settings Skip Read More Saint-Etienne captain Loic Perrin on William Saliba ‘He blew up in the space of a year. The hardest part begins for him now. He doesn’t have many Ligue 1 matches under his belt. I hope this year will allow him to collect playing time so that he can leave ready.’ Advertisement About Connatix V67539 More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal also happen to be in America’s capital for their clash with Real Madrid and Aubameyang spent some down time watching his former club on Sunday night.The Gabon striker, who was with Saint-Etienne for three years at the start of his career, was seen catching up with former team-mates and coaches before and during the game.Lacazette and Ainsley Maitland-Niles accompanied Aubameyang to the match and pictures have been doing the rounds on social media showing the trio alongside Saliba inside the ground. 1 min. story Read More Read More Aubameyang remains a popular figure at Saint-Etienne, scoring 41 goals in 97 appearances for the club from 2011 to 2013 before joining Borussia Dortmund.Saint Etienne uploaded a video of the forward being reunited with several of his old pals before the game… William Saliba pictured with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette ahead of Arsenal transfer Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip Ad After Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Fiorentina at the weekend, Unai Emery insisted that he’s willing to wait to sign players of Saliba’s quality.‘Really I am with patience because we want to choose the best solution,’ he said when asked about the young Frenchman.‘Some players are very expensive and we are waiting for this possibility. We don’t want now to go to the second line of players.‘We are waiting. We have very good players. We have very good young players.’ by Metro Top articles Advertisement Emery added: ‘We are aware also that we need to improve some players in this squad but only, only I want to sign one, two, three or four players only if we can be sure they are coming to improve our team.‘There are a lot of names. The club is working, Edu is very close to me and Raul [Sanllehi]. We speak every day. Here we spoke with the Kroenke family.‘I want to send a message to all our supporters – we’re very happy to be here with a lot of Arsenal supporters and are very impressed – we are working and preparing and we want to make the best squad possible.‘Our ambition and motivation is with all the supporters.’MORE: Arsenal to make third transfer bid for Celtic star Kieran Tierney Full Screen PLAY Arsenal have won the race to sign Saint-Etienne star William Saliba (Picture: Getty)Photographs have emerged showing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in the company of William Saliba during Arsenal’s pre-season tour of the United States.The Gunners have reportedly agreed to pay around £28million for Saliba and the 18-year-old centre-back will be loaned back to his parent club Saint-Etienne for the upcoming season.Saint-Etienne president Bernard Caiazzo confirmed last week that Arsenal had beaten Tottenham to Saliba’s signature and the France Under-20 international is expected to undergo a medical in the coming days.Ahead of his impending move, Saliba watched Saint-Etienne lose 2-1 to Marseille in Washington and Aubameyang was another interested spectator at DC United’s Audi Field.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Read More
Justin Gregg was the $1,000 IMCA Modified feature winner at Junction Motor Speedway’s Mike Chapin Memorial Spring Thaw. (Photo by Bob Jones Photography)McCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. (March 18-19) – Once the green flag flew, Justin Gregg knew he had the car to beat in Sunday’s Mike Chapin Memorial Spring Thaw main event at Junction Motor Speedway.When the checkers came out, he had the $1,000 check to prove it.Gregg led all 25 circuits in the Fast Shafts All-Star ballot qualifier. Jacob Anson repeated his second-place showing from the Saturday feature and Jordy Nelson, Dylan Smith and Anthony Roth rounded out the top five.“I got lucky and started on the pole and knew on the first lap that we were going to be tough to beat,” said Gregg. “We were going through the corners really well.”The only caution came with four laps left and no one had anything for the leader after that.Travis Hatcher won the Saturday feature. Gregg was seventh in that race in a self-built Red Rocket, changing a couple springs and, after a call to Kyle Vanover, a shock before returning to McCool Junction the next day.Jarred Hackler was a double winner in a Red Rocket of his own, topping both Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod features.“Saturday, the track was nice and slick the way I like it and I was able to pull away from the rest of the guys,” he said. “I started on the pole both nights and was kind of shocked to do it. Usually I’m at the other end of the field. Sunday I got a good start of a nice, smooth track. That’s where my team excels.”Six-time and defending national champion Mike Nichols won both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car features, career checkers number 429 and 430 in the class, and Roy Armstrong swept IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock events.Denny Berghahn won Sunday’s Mach-1 Sport Compact main.March 18 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Travis Hatcher; 2. Jacob Anson; 3. Anthony Roth; 4. Tyler Frye; 5. Dan Menk; 6. Josh Blumer; 7. Justin Gregg; 8. Sean Barragan; 9. Adam Armstrong; 10. Cale Carder; 11. Scott Smith; 12. Andy Wilkinson; 13. Dave Pedersen; 14. Philip Loseke; 15. Mike Lineberry; 16. Jim Mathieson; 17. Melvin Densberger; 18. Brandon Spanjer; 19. Jordy Nelson; 20. Tyler Iverson; 21. Steve Swarthout; 22. Micah Veleba; 23. Jeff James.Stock Cars – 1. Mike Nichols; 2. Jim Powell; 3. Shane Stutzman; 4. Casey Woken; 5. Mike Dancer; 6. Jim Hagan; 7. Kyle Wilkinson; 8. Kyle Dumpert; 9. Chad Bruns; 10. Tyler Phelps; 11. Nick Woodard; 12. Jason Wilkinson; 13. John Meyer; 14. Robert Hoing; 15. Cody Clark.Northern SportMods – 1. Jarred Hackler; 2. Matt Andrews; 3. James Kleinheksel; 4. Justin Svoboda; 5. Wade Gunnink; 6. Jacob Wolsleben; 7. Tyler Mark; 8. Derick Noonan; 9. Cole Wayman; 10. Herb Slough; 11. Lee Horky; 12. Austin Svoboda; 13. Edd Huxoll; 14. Bill Leighton; 15. Paul Donovan; 16. Jacob Olmstead; 17. Bruce Lang; 18. Kirk Beatty.Hobby Stocks – 1. Roy Armstrong; 2. Luke Wassom; 3. Zach Olmstead; 4. Nathan Refior; 5. Pete Beaumont; 6. Tanner Jones; 7. Kenny Roberts; 8. Brent Jochum; 9. Cameron Wilkinson; 10. Brandon Wergin; 11. Jacob Hagan; 12. Terry Tritt; 13. Hunter Wergin; 14. Wade Wagenblast; 15. Tadd Newill; 16. Brady Larkins; 17. Steve Shepard.March 19 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Gregg; 2. Anson; 3. Nelson; 4. Dylan Smith; 5. Roth; 6. Hatcher; 7. Frye; 8. James; 9. Barragan; 10. Colton Osborne; 11. Lineberry; 12. Spanjer; 13. Wilkinson; 14. Iverson; 15. Menk; 16. Scott Smith; 17. Carder; 18. Veleba; 19. Armstrong; 20. Mathieson.Stock Cars – 1. Nichols; 2. Woken; 3. Powell; 4. Hagan; 5. Bruns; 6. Phelps; 7. Dumpert; 8. Tanner Pettitt; 9. Woodard; 10. Jed Williams; 11. Dancer; 12. Hoing; 13. Stutzman; 14. Clark.Northern SportMods – 1. Hackler; 2. Brian Barber; 3. Austin Svoboda; 4. Horky; 5. Huxoll; 6. Mark; 7. Andrews; 8. Scott Styskal; 9. Kleinheksel; 10. Wolsleben; 11. Rocky Zimmerman; 12. Leighton; 13. Gunnar Pike; 14. Noonan; 15. Donovan; 16. Travis Patterson; 17. Gunnink; 18. Slough; 19. Justin Svoboda; 20. Kevin Kloke.Hobby Stocks – 1. Armstrong; 2. Wassom; 3. Brandon Wergin; 4. Olmstead; 5. Larkins; 6. Refior; 7. Tritt; 8. Jones; 9. Beaumont; 10. Kyle Hein; 11. Roberts; 12. Wagenblast; 13. Hagan; 14. Hunter Wergin; 15. Newill.Sport Compacts – 1. Denny Berghahn; 2. Tyler Thompson; 3. Jake Newson; 4. Dillon Richards; 5. Kyle Owen; 6. Drake Bohlmeyer; 7. Travis Thelander; 8. Brooke Fluckiger; 9. Bryan Vannausdle; 10. David Norquest; 11. Jim Buss; 12. Justin Brown; 13. Shawn Hein; 14. Jeffery Scott; 15. Justin Schmidt; 16. Dustin Brethauwer; 17. Noah Boller.
Nate Jones won his third straight IMCA Modified feature Friday at Tri-City Motor Speedway. (Photo by Steve Marsh)By Eric YoungAUBURN, Mich. (May 25) – Nate Jones took home his third straight Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA Modified feature win, in front of a packed house Friday night at Tri-City Motor Speedway.Jones battled through the field during the 20-lap main event from the eighth starting spot while A.J. Ward made his return to the Auburn track, methodically moving through the field and gaining 12 positions from his 14th place starting spot to finish second.Ward closed in on Jones with just a few laps to go but ran out of time before the checkered flag. Toby Steele came home in third place.With 27 cars on hand for the evening, the feature was set through the heat races and the ‘B’ main. Matt Szecsodi won the ‘B,’ then gained 12 positions in the feature to finish fourth. Craig Vance was fifth.
By Josh Reynolds Hunter Patrick took control early and dominated in taking the Mach-1 Sport Compact victory. Dylan Nelson sliced and diced from his sixth starting spot to take over the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock lead on lap five. Brandon Cox made it to second two laps later but just didn’t have enough as Nelson took the win. STUART, Iowa (July 29) – Brayton Carter was back in victory lane Wednesday night at Stuart Speedway. Zack Rawlins led the first couple laps of the IMCA Modified main until Tom Berry Jr. blasted his way from 10th to the lead on lap four. A caution on lap 14 gave the rest of the field a chance, but there was no catching the 11X car as Berry went on to the win. Dallon Murty made it interesting on the top side but Todd VanEaton was too strong on the bottom and went on to the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car win. Murty finished second with Daniels third, Bob Daniels fourth and Derry fifth. Dusty Masolini set the pace for the first half of the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature. Carter had to work for it and on lap 12 he cashed in to take the lead and go on to the win. Masolini held on for second.
His name is Eric Calhoun, and if you’ve ever been to a USC baseball game, you know who he is. He is always the loudest, most boisterous fan at Dedeaux Field — the first to start a “Let’s go Trojans!” chant when the team needs a rally, or to urge the opponent to “quit stalling, already!” during a mound visit.Home-field advantage · The USC baseball team has performed well in front of its home fans this season, with a 16-9 record at Dedeaux Field. – Tucker McWhirter | DailyTrojanTo be honest, Eric probably has no idea who I am. I interact with him briefly at almost every game, but we’ve never formally met, never spoken beyond a quick interchange, and I know for a fact he has never read my coverage of the team.I can say that with such certainty because Eric is completely blind.I contemplated approaching Eric several times for this piece; it would only be logical, after all, to talk to the subject. I wanted to ask him why he takes the bus from Crenshaw to be at just about every USC home game — and quite a few road games as well. I wanted to know how he does it: navigating from bus to ballpark, up and down bleachers and stairs, always by himself.I realized, however, that answer is obvious: Eric loves the game, simple as that. But what I really wanted to ask was this: How does he know?When Eric is at a USC game, he sometimes doesn’t even face the field — not that it would matter, I suppose. His eyes are open, but rolled to the back. Usually they are obscured by his hood, pulled low over his forehead. And yet Eric is somehow keenly aware of what is happening on the field. He knows if a ball is hit on the ground or in the air (he’ll urge a fly ball to “get going” when a Trojan hits it). He always knows the situation (“Make ’em hit it on the ground,” if the Trojans have the opportunity to turn a double play on defense). He can seemingly even tell if a pitch is a ball or a strike (“Throw strikes,” he’ll remind the young Trojan bullpen. “You gotta throw strikes”).Is it the sound of the ball off the bat? The reaction of the crowd? Some sort of sixth sense? I’ve seen Eric stand next to the press box and listen to the announcers in there, but I’ve also seen him sitting many sections away. No matter what, he always seems to know exactly what is happening in the game. It is nothing short of amazing, and I came very, very close to asking him about it.But I didn’t. Because it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if it’s the sound of the bat or the crowd or if Eric is just the best guesser ever. Honestly, it doesn’t matter if his cheering even makes sense in the context of the game (although it almost always does). What matters is that he is cheering at all — not to mention there in the first place.Eric is in many ways simply a fan — and a damn good one at that. But he is more than just that. He is an eminently recognizable presence, both visibly and audibly. Though he rarely asks for it, he is always thankful for any help he receives, be it a reminder when the next game is or simply letting him know he has walked past the ramp up to the stands at Dedeaux.He is greeted with smiles he cannot see, yet returns them anyways with his devotion and commitment. That’s not to say he is perfect — many of us have had our fair share of difficulties with Eric. I recall him simply walking right past the ticket turnstile at Blair Field in Long Beach for a game there back in 2011. Chances are he had no idea he even did so, but the usher collecting tickets was understandably flummoxed.USC has eight home games left in this 2014 season, and you can bet that Eric Calhoun will be at all of them. If you find yourself there with him, go say hi. I know I will. Eric might not be perfect, but he’s just about the perfect fan. Nick Burton is a senior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “Any Given Saturday,” runs Thursdays. To comment on this story, visit dailytrojan.com or email Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org.