Suspect Nabbed for 2010 Central Islip Murder

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police have arrested an upstate New York man for allegedly stabbing a 38-year-old man to death in the victim’s Central Islip home six years ago, authorities said.Christopher JamesCentralChristopher James, 23, of Binghamton, was charged Sunday with second-degree murder.Homicide Squad detectives alleged the suspect stabbed Kevin Pierson to death in his Maplewing Drive residence, where he was found dead on Feb. 12, 2010.An acquaintance checking on Pierson’s welfare had called 911 upon discovering blood at the entrance of the victim’s apartment. Responding officers found his body in his bedroom, police said.James will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

first_imgAs the 2016 Olympics came to an end, I wanted to focus on some good things, some bad things, and one ugly incident.  There were many super performances by the world’s greatest athletes.  I have already written about swimming and gymnastics, so today I want to focus on track and field.Usain Bolt is definitely the world’s fastest human.  Some people ask why he is so quick. He is 6’5″ with fast leg turnover and an attitude that allows him to relax and not worry so he gets the maximum out of his body.  Ashton Eaton again proved he is the world’s greatest athlete by winning another gold in the decathlon.  The American 100m hurdlers got the first sweep in the history of women’s running events.Unfortunately, Ryan Lochte and his rowdy friends showed the world how some athletes think they can get by with their fame and/or their money.  They seem to think those two things will keep them out of trouble.  At the age of 32 Lochte has earned a great living from his swimming prowess.  As you probably saw, he already has a publicist and a lawyer available at his beck and call.  Let’s hope that the real Olympics for the Americans is not remembered for this incident alone.last_img read more

The sinking of Syracuse’s season as seen from the student section

first_img Published on April 3, 2016 at 6:21 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ HOUSTON — Body paint makes it harder to forget.Sitting in the lobby of the Courtyard Marriott on Sunday morning, a Syracuse student’s skin still had the orange tinge. He said he hadn’t tried too hard to scrub it off. He liked the reminder. Many students wandered the lobby of the hotel still wearing their green student-access wristbands. More than one person joked he hoped to wake up from this vividly detailed dream.The bus ride home from NRG Stadium wasn’t silent. Beyoncé’s “Formation” played softly and people re-hashed the game in detail. Though there were certainly exceptions, the prevailing thought wasn’t anger. It wasn’t regret at driving 32 hours to spend 29 hours in Houston. It wasn’t even blaming the game on one player, coach or referee.Just acceptance that North Carolina was simply the better team.The witnesses of No. 10 seed Syracuse’s 83-66, magical-season-ending loss to the top-seeded Tar Heels filed from the stadium, lined up in the dark at the buses and talked about how cool it had all been.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt was hard to tell if some students were disappointed or just drained from a three-week-long run from a team that wasn’t supposed to make the NCAA Tournament.Either way, it wasn’t the same group of students that stood behind Syracuse’s basket for the whole game, cheering the Orange and verbally abusing anyone who tried to stop the march to victory.Standing in one of the six rows of black chairs, on top of the black carpet still littered with shreds of Oklahoma basketball programs that the OU students had tossed before their game began, the SU faithful whipped themselves in a yelling, throbbing, orange mass.The 75,505-person stadium seemed cavernous from the floor, the farthest reaches of the stands shrouded in darkness, but the Syracuse fans were intent on filling it with the only chant they had: “Lets go Orange!”Kenny “The Jet” Smith, a TBS college basketball analyst, laughed as fans swarmed their set and jumped in the background, trying to make it on TV. Security guards repeatedly screamed at students for jumping on the chairs, that they were being too rowdy. Vice President Joe Biden appeared in the student section for selfies about 10 minutes before tip.Then, the students who had arrived in Texas a dozen hours prior and mostly ran on fewer than four hours of sleep, reached the apex of their delirious frenzy. They were there to cheer their team in the program’s biggest game since 2013, and perhaps its unlikeliest ever.Down 17 points with 12 minutes to go, a bearded fan turned to his friend and said, “We’ve got ‘em right where we want ‘em!” His conviction was undeniable. He yelled louder and surrounding students nodded in a seriousness that, for any other team, may have bordered on delusion.But this was Syracuse. A miracle team which has predicated its success on seemingly impossible second-half runs against teams that seemed to overwhelm it with pure talent.And, the wildest part, he seemed vindicated. But only for a moment.As Syracuse’s season shipwrecked in the NRG Center, the fans under the basket clung to any pieces of driftwood that floated past. A Trevor Cooney 3. His ensuing steal-and-slam. A Malachi Richardson layup that cut the lead to 10.Otto’s Army vice president Johnny Oliver, who wears an orange spray-painted Batman mask to every game, started the “I believe that we will win!” chant after a Richardson 3-pointer cut the deficit to seven.But UNC responded. Time dribbled away. Every Orange basket earned a louder, more desperate roar; each foul call, a shriller denial. Oliver lifted up his mask and put a hand to his forehead.All the while, North Carolina dunks smashed Syracuse’s floating hopes to splinters.And over the course of the next eight minutes, each student slowly realized that, this time, there’d be no more driftwood to stop the sinking. Commentslast_img read more