Seymour, IN—Wednesday, the Indiana State Police responded to a motorcycle fire on I-65 Southbound near the 51-mile marker in Jackson County which resulted in the arrest of a Marion County, Indiana man.The investigation by troopers determined that Jerry Ray Jones, age 36, was operating a Suzuki motorcycle southbound on I-65 near the 51-mile marker when the motorcycle became disabled. Jones pulled the motorcycle into the I-65 Southbound Scales and began to work on it. At some point, the motorcycle caught fire. Troopers quickly arrived on scene and did not locate Jones. Workers in the area told the troopers that Jones left the area and began walking westbound across a field.Troopers soon located Jones on County Road 1000 East, just north of Seymour. Upon identifying him, he was found to be wanted on a warrant for possession of a syringe and an additional warrant for a parole violation. During a search of the bag he was carrying, troopers located a loaded handgun, approximately 120 grams of suspected methamphetamine, suspected Xanax, syringes, and approximately $1,600 in cash.Jerry Jones was arrested on felony charges of Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Possession of Controlled Substance, and Possession of a Syringe. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of Driving While Suspended. Jones was transported to the Jackson County Jail where he was incarcerated pending his initial court appearance in the Jackson County Circuit Court.
“I don’t know,” Votto said. “I was asleep.” MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNFor those who chose to dig, it was 2016. The Reds beat the Phillies that Opening Day — a game in which Votto is quick to point out he had the clutch hit to win. After losses the past two seasons, however, Votto offered a candid outlook before Thursday’s game against Pittsburgh. He admitted to being intimidated by the citywide fanfare — especially when the Reds were the “very first pitch thrown” each year. Now, the 12-year veteran owns that ritual for Cincinnati, and it made this one — the 150th anniversary of the game’s oldest franchise — that much better. “We think of it as our day and our holiday,” Votto said in a pregame news conference. “With time I’ve grown to appreciate it more. I’ve been saying, ‘Happy Opening Day’ and giving out Opening Day hugs and handshakes because it does feel like a holiday.” That unmistakable new energy could be felt in front of a regular-season record crowd of 44,049 at Great American Ball Park — the fifth-largest crowd in stadium history. The Reds completed the daylong celebration with a 5-3 victory over the Pirates. Cincinnati — a team that made high-profile offseason moves with the additions of Sonny Gray and Yasiel Puig — gave those fans reason for optimism. “You try to trick yourself into thinking it’s one game,” first-year manager David Bell said afterward. “But it’s not. It’s special to the city and to the organization. It’s nice to get a win. It was a big day, and a lot of good things happened for our team today.” Bell looked for any way to release some energy before the game, so he threw batting practice. He talked with his father, Buddy — a former Reds third baseman — along the dugout. David Bell thought about what his grandfather Gus, a four-time All-Star outfielder with the Reds in the 1950s, would say about this moment. “He would say, ‘Go out and win the game’ at this point,” David Bell said in his pregame press conference. Bell understands this job. He played at nearby Moeller High School. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians during the 1990 season — the last time the Reds won the World Series. The parade, 150th anniversary and the seasonlong celebration with different throwback uniforms are easy for Bell to relate to when he drives through downtown Cincinnati. “I know how big the game is here and we want to do our best,” Bell said. “We also want a lot of special days here. Hopefully, this is the first of many.” Under-the-radar offseason adds would ensure this was a special day. Jose Iglesias, brought in from Detroit, opened the scoring with an RBI double. Iglesias pumped his arms into the air before pointing back to the dugout. Jose Peraza — primed for more playing time with second baseman Scooter Gennett out — hit a first-pitch solo homer to tie the score after the seventh-inning stretch. STEELE: Mets, Nats show how tight NL East could beThree batters later, Derek Dietrich — a Cleveland native who spent the past six seasons in Miami — delivered a pinch-hit three-run homer for a 5-2 lead. Dietrich took a curtain call. He clutched the Reds logo on his jersey and waved his arms at that record crowd. “I couldn’t wait to get to the dugout,” Dietrich said. “Anyone who knows me knows I play with a lot of energy. I told them they won’t see that all the time; it’s the first day. It was just excitement. … That’s what we’re trying to do here.” It was entertaining to the end. The Reds used three pitchers in the ninth inning — Raisel Iglesias, Amir Garrett and David Hernandez — to navigate a bases-loaded jam for the victory. Hernandez fought through a 12-pitch at-bat by Corey Dickerson — one in which he threw “everything” — to get the final groundout that had the record crowd celebrating as fireworks blasted over the Ohio River. This was, without question, the most exciting Opening Day for Reds fans since Votto fell asleep on the couch. Votto even got into the act by beating out a rundown on a groundout in the third inning. Cincinnati showed — at least for a day — that it might not be the division doormat for the fifth straight season. Can the Reds be competitive in the NL Central? It wouldn’t hurt the sport considering MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said before the game that he experienced “an Opening Day unlike any other” at the pregame parade. While Manfred rode in a car with Cincinnati legend Johnny Bench, Gray was taken back to the memory of walking over a bridge to his first Reds game with his late father. MORE: Braves’ Dansby Swanson opens up about early struggles, love of writingNow, he said, this team wants to create such memories for a baseball town trying to reclaim that winning tradition. “That’s all we’ve talked about,” Gray said. “That’s something in order for a talented team to take a step and win, you have to talk about it. We talked about it all spring. We believe it. We’ve talked about it. We certainly have the talent, and now it is about going out there and competing.” CINCINNATI — Joey Votto has been through the Opening Day celebration a dozen times. Wins. Losses. That time he was not on the first-base line for introductions because he fell asleep on the couch in the clubhouse. When pressed to recall which year that was, Votto pulled out a quick one-liner. Gray makes his debut Saturday. Puig will look to bounce back after an 0-for-4 debut. The challenge will be to keep that energy going for 162 games. Of course, there is Votto. All that talk starts with the 12-year veteran — the one who has seen everything in Cincinnati. It’s clear he sees something worth getting up off the couch for every single day — not just Opening Day. “We feel different and motivated and we have very high expectations,” he said. “I think we have a legitimate chance to meet those expectations and entertain this city and bring pride back to it.”
A Florida man wants Disney World to return to their former policy of allowing those with autism to skip the lines, suing them in federal court.After reports of unscrupulous guests hiring disabled people to help them jump upfront, the theme park cancelled the practice in 2014.Currently, only disabled persons who possess a Disability Access Service Card are able to reserve a spot for the rides.The lawsuit, which will go to court in February, wants Disney to treat all disabilities in a similar fashion, rather than decide which are worthy of special treatment.
Jordan Smith put the disappointment of not being selected by England for the forthcoming European Team Championships by lifting the Brabazon Trophy in splendid fashion as calm conditions returned to Formby.After a testing week of rain and wind, Smith carded a closing round of 70 for 286, two under par, and a four shot winning margin over playing partner Brian Casey from Ireland, who returned 74.Smith led almost from start to finish and his calm, laid-back approach was just what was needed in a week when the elements did everything it could to make things difficult for everyone.But the victory tasted sweet for the 20 year old from Wiltshire. “I’m over the moon to get my name on the trophy,” he said. I was disappointed not to make the team for the Europeans but I suppose it was a difficult choice,” he said. “But I think not being picked urged me on to prove a point and I’ve played really well this week in difficult conditions.“I suppose I’ve stopped Neil (Raymond) completing the triple but I’m sure he’ll understand. I think he was left out when he won the Brabazon last year.”Smith (copyright Leaderboard Photography) began the final round tied with playing partner Casey on level par but the England man was soon forging ahead with three birdies in the opening five holes.“I made a nervy start, putting my tee shot into the trees but I managed to scramble a par and then got off to a flier with a couple of birdies. I was three under through five holes and settled down.”He dropped shots at the seventh and ninth, the latter when he airmailed the green into knee-high rough. “I had 205 yards and hit a four iron and couldn’t believe it when it finished over the green.“But he reduced the damage to one shot to be out in 36 while another birdie at the long 17th confirmed his success.Casey managed to stay in touch with Smith over the front nine but he came to grief on the homeward stretch, dropping shots at the 12th and 14th before his chance finally eluded his grasp at the 400 yard 15th where he found punishing rough, failed to get out first time, and took a double bogey six.With so many players in with a shout at the start it was difficult to pick a winner. But several made a brave bid, none more so than fellow international Ben Taylor. The Man from Walton Heath produced the best round of the week with a five-birdie 68, which hauled him up to joint third on 291.On the same mark were Nathan Kimsey and, Alfie Plant and Jimmy Mullen, whose 71 included a hole-in-one at the 139-yard 16th where he fired an eight iron that never left the flag. “It was my first ‘ace’ in competition but I’d had one before when I was in Australia,” said the young man from Devon.Raymond, seeking to make history with a third successive victory, finished joint 13th after a closing 74 but was philosophical over losing the title. “I played great this week but didn’t take as many chances as I should have done,” he said.“There was a lot of pressure on me this week but I started the final round birdie, birdie and felt I was going to post a good number, but the putter let me down. But Jordan is a great lad and is a worthy champion.”Smith was certainly the man of the week and deserved his success which is bound to lead to greater things. “I played well in the English Amateur last year before getting beaten by the winner Harry Ellis,” Smith added.“But that started my career with England and I got picked for the Home Internationals.”Who knows where this latest triumph will take Smith but he has added his name to the championship’s impressive Roll of Honour.The Henriques Salver for the best score by a player aged under 20 from Britain and Ireland went to Jimmy Mullen while Ryan Evans won the Scrutton Jug for the lowest aggregate from the Brabazon and Berkshire Trophies. 29 Jun 2013 Smith proves a point with steely Brabazon triumph
First things first, let’s discuss why there is even a quarterback controversy at all. Let’s reexamine the root of irresponsible behavior over the years by “Big” Ben Roethlisberger that has precipitated not one but two ill-advised decisions that have directly affected his playing status and the wholeness of his team. The off the field actions by No. 7 revolved around and continue to be centered on the concept of self, self, self.Realistically, there should be no despair in “Mudville” because the “loot” fairy flew in from the Steelers lair with the ink on a contract worth well over 100 million “clams” to Big Ben. There should have been included somewhere in the fine print little things like, no riding on motorcycles helmetless and hanging out with strange females without a chaperone or at least a witness or two.Remember when Big Ben was involved in a near fatal motorcycle accident on June12, 2006 that left him with a broken jaw and other injuries? When the Steelers kicked off the season in September, Big Ben was still not fully recovered and was not under center. Charlie Batch promptly dispatched the Miami Dolphins in primetime on a Thursday night which featured new NBC football analyst, ex-Steelers running back Jerome Bettis high stepping onto the football field in street clothes.Roethlisberger began to lobby for his reinsertion into the starting lineup and eventually convinced someone, ex-head coach Bill Cowher, the team doctor or a combination of the two that his visual perception was okay and he was ready to play. Well, well, well, he then went into the “black hole” of the Oakland Raiders and promptly threw two picks that were returned for TDs in a very nasty but tasty 20-13 win for the hapless Silver and Black. The loss possibly kept Pittsburgh out of the playoffs.Hit fast forward to 2010; one alleged sexual assault case dismissed, another still pending. If it were not for the personal improprieties of Roethlisberger there would be no quarterback controversy. QBs Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon would still be taking turns holding the clipboard on the sidelines and current No. 2, Byron Leftwich, would be auditioning as a sidearm knuckleball pitchers for the Dodgers, (don’t get hyped Leftwich fans, just kidding). Consequences of one’s behavior should not penalize a team or even an entire city.Pittsburgh began the 2010 preseason by defeating the Detroit Lions, by a rain laden, soggy bottom score of 23-7. “Cuss” words from an official came down just as hard as the storm that dumped sheets of water on the Steelers faithful and delayed the game for over an hour. From the beginning the “Benwatch” was on. Mike Tomlin started Byron Leftwich, the quarterback who, in all probability, will begin the regular season sitting in the first chair. Leftwich completed a less than stellar 6 of 10 passes for 43 yards. He had a couple of “questionable” misses. He was relieved by Dennis Dixon who appeared to be razor sharp completing 6 of 7 passes for 128 yards and a score. Dixon also utilized his legs with 6 rushes for 31 yards. In what may have been his last or next to his last hurrah for Pittsburgh, Charlie Batch came in with 4:12 remaining in the game to finish off the Lions.This year will most likely go down as more than just a season that spotlighted the roles that backup players attempted to fulfill or failed to fulfill.The 2010 season will also profile the hasty decision by the Steelers to trade one of their bonafide playmakers and rising NFL star Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets. The Holmes deal was supposedly based on behavior that was below Steelers “character” standards and detrimental to the team. Whose behavior has been more detrimental than that of Roethlisberger? There will be a “domino effect in 2010. Holmes may have been the scapegoat of all the “Big Ben distractions because Pittsburgh dealt Holmes to an AFC opponent for almost peanuts. The Jets will visit the friendly confines of Heinz Field Dec. 9. On that day, the Steelers Nation had better hope and pray that their terrible” towels won’t have to be utilized as crying towels. Pittsburgh also has two storied but rapidly aging linebackers, James Farrior and Larry Foote, competing for a starting spot but in reality those two players should be competing just to make the final roster. The NFL is not “tinseltown.” No team can go “back to the future” because when any team attempts to do that, “Stormy Mondays” will always be the result of “shaky Sunday’s.”(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected]pittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.) There is a buzz zipping through Steelers Nation faster than the scalpel of a plastic surgeon in Hollywood. What is all of the chatter about you ask? Duh, it’s all about the quarterback controversy bubbling up in the town of a zillion Iron City “brewski’s” as well as other player personnel issues.
Roll Out the Ribbon’s Phil Villapiano greets Monmouth Medical Center’s Dr. Pardes at McLoone’s Pier House Thursday Sept 12, 2013.Tim McLoone’s Pier House in Long Branch donated an upstairs banquet room, buffet and free drinks to guests attending Monmouth Medical Center’s Roll Out the Ribbons Cancer Awareness event Thursday, Sept 12. Did we catch you at this happy hour for a serious cause rocking to the music of rock/blues cover band VyntEdge?
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Luciano Pavarotti says he hopes to perform with Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras in a reunion of The Three Tenors before he retires. “I think we are going to make another concert or two,” he said Wednesday at a press conference promoting the Hong Kong stop of his farewell tour. Pavarotti, wearing black and a big yellow, blue and pink-striped scarf, appeared sluggish, needing help to walk onto the stage where he sat for the press conference. The 70-year-old tenor, who intends to tour for several more years, said he wants his final performance to take place in a venue where he appeared during the early days of his career. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “I should end where I began my big career, in Milan and London, or Vienna, and more than everything, at the Met in New York. I don’t know. I have to see,” he said. – Associated Press
29 May 2012South Africa’s wheelchair tennis team delivered a strong performance at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Seoul, South Korea last week, with the men’s team winning promotion to the elite World Group I of the game, and Kgothatso Montjane going undefeated in the women’s singles.In the men’s open competition, the South African team of Evans Maripa, Sydwell Mathonsi, Marshall Marsh and coach Gerald Stoffberg competed in the World Group II division. They began their challenge by competing against Greece and Canada in round robin play.Playoffs qualificationAfter a 3-0 victory over the Greeks, Maripa and Mathonsi scored singles’ victories to give South Africa a win over the Canadians. That put South Africa into the playoffs for place one to four in the group.Sri Lankan number one Upali Rajakaruna offered a stiff challenge to Maripa, who ultimately triumphed 7-6, 5-7, 6-0, but Mathonsi won easily against Dissanayake Gamini before Maripa and Mathonsi teamed up to secure a 3-0 win with victory in the doubles.The win over the Sri Lankans put South Africa into its first final at the BNP World Team Cup where the opposition in the title-decider would be Thailand.The Asians got off to a strong start when Suthi Khlongrua overwhelmed Mathonsi 6-4, 6-0, but the contest between Maripa and Suwithchai Merngprom was a real humdinger. After a tough battle, the Thai player squeezed out a 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 win to secure the title for Thailand.Promotion/relegationNot only had South Africa captured the silver medal, but they had also won the right to face Belgium in a promotion/relegation tie for a place in World Group I, the highest level of competition in the game, which features the top 16 nations in the world.Mathonsi put South Africa ahead when he dismantled Kristof Michils, romping to a 6-0, 6-1 victory, but the Belgians levelled the tie when their number one Joachim Gerard outplayed Maripa 6-3, 6-1.That left the doubles clash to decide the tie. Once again, Maripa and Mathonsi were called on to deliver the sought-after victory. They did it, defeating Gerard and Roland Meersman 6-3, 6-3 to secure promotion for South Africa alongside Thailand.It has been a remarkably swift climb to the elite group of wheelchair tennis playing nations for South Africa. The country finished 16th on its debut in the World Team Cup in 2005. Last year, the team made the semi-finals of World Group II for the first time. Now, South Africa is in World Group I!JuniorsThe South African junior team of Gift Lekhanyane, Mabel Mankgele and Mariska Venter also shone. After a 3-0 defeat of Argentina and another 3-0 win over Israel, in a first, the team earned the right to contest the playoffs for the top four nations in the world, which also featured Great Britain, the Netherlands and the USA.Although they went down to the British and the Dutch, they made sure of automatic entry into the event in 2013 by finishing in the top four. In 2011, they had finished seventh.QuadsThe green and gold Quads team of Lucas Sithole, Steven Kekai and Bongani Dlamini faced a very tough division in which few teams had players ranked outside the top 16 in the world.Once more, the team achieved a best ever finish, placing sixth, which also gained it automatic entry into the 2013 event.WomenThe women’s team of Kgothatso Montjane, Celia du Toit and Rose van der Meer failed to match the depth of the other competing nations and placed twelfth in the open women’s division.However, Montjane, who is currently ranked ninth in the world, repeated her feat of 2011, by going undefeated in the singles.She is in very good form at present and will bear watching at the Paralympics. Her recent results include a win over world number two Aniek van Koort.‘Pride, passion and commitment’Wheelchair Tennis South Africa Director Holger Losch commented on the South African team’s results: “It is always such an honour for the players to represent their country. Tennis, as an individual sport, has limited opportunities for the players to play for their country.“You can see the difference,” Losch said. “They play with more pride, passion and commitment, knowing they are not only playing for themselves, but for a team, and a country.“The BNP World Team Cup is the premier event on the wheelchair tennis calendar, and it is fantastic to see that our team’s hard work is paying off,” Losch added.“We are no longer viewed as a developing nation, but are becoming one of the top wheelchair tennis nations in the world.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
COLUMBUS, Ohio — They’re an afterthought in the standings now, but the Columbus Blue Jackets believe they’re starting something they can build on next season.Ryan Johansen scored late in regulation to tie it and then added the clinching goal in the shootout April 2 to lead them to a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders, tying the franchise record with their eighth straight win.“We’re playing some great hockey and we’re really making it tough on these good teams,” Johansen said.The Blue Jackets, out of the playoff picture, have won 11 of 12 in addition to running their road streak to a franchise-best eight in a row.They were down two goals midway through the third, a crowd of 15,361 was sitting on its hands and it appeared the winning streak was toast.The Islanders took a 3-1 lead just 55 seconds into the third when John Tavares, who also had a goal, passed back to Travis Hamonic, who blasted a hard shot from near the blue line. Sergei Bobrovsky made the save but gave up a rebound, with Ryan Strome pouncing on it for his 17th.But the Blue Jackets cut the lead to a goal when Jack Johnson scored on a rebound — his third game in a row with a goal.David Savard’s shot from the point got through heavy congestion and Nick Foligno and Scott Hartnell squeezed off shots before Johnson found the net at the 11:08 mark.“Jack Johnson’s goal really energized us,” said coach Todd Richards, who collected his 200th career victory. “It got the crowd into it again. We started battling and getting to the front (of the net).”Johansen then tied it with 3:43 left in regulation. Savard’s long shot was deflected at the net by Cam Atkinson, the puck trickling behind goalie Jaroslav Halak. Johansen reached his stick around the goalie to tap it into the net and tie it.Bobrovsky made three big saves in the final minute of regulation when the Islanders were on a power play after Cody Goloubef was whistled for delay of game. Halak did the same in the overtime when Johnny Boychuk went off for interference and he stopped four in-close shots.After Mark Letestu scored to lead off the shootout, Johansen slowed as he went in on Halak and slid the puck between his leg pads. Bobrovsky, who stopped Frans Nielsen in the first round, then stopped Kyle Okposo to lock up the victory.Johansen came in slow and easy before calmly wristing a low shot through Halak’s legs.“I just feel it’s tougher on the goalie. It’s hard for him to read what I’m going to do,” Johansen said of his deliberate approach. “It’s been working for me so I’ve kind of been sticking with it.”Brandon Dubinsky also scored for the Blue Jackets, who tied the win streak they set in January 2014.Eric Boulton scored for the first time in 17 months for the Islanders, while Halak finished with 36 saves.Coach Jack Capuano said the loss was due more to what Columbus did than what his team didn’t do.“They did a great job of getting shots through to the net and that’s how they scored three goals,” he said. “Our structure was good, but they found and way.”There’s an uneasy feeling in the dressing room, since they’ve lost eight of 10. This is no way to prepare for the playoffs.“This is the time of year you really want to focus on regrouping quickly because this happens in the playoffs,” he said of an emotional loss. “You have to be ready to go the next game.”(RUSTY MILLER, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares