Nassau Robbers Targeted Business Owners, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Three men have been arrested for their alleged roles in robbing business owners—one of whom was targeted a second time after a failed Uniondale home invasion last month, Nassau County police said.The trio is accused of robbing business owners as they left work or after following the victims home and mugging them there—and investigators believe that there may be more victims out there.“They would rush up on these people either at knife point or at gunpoint,” Det. Sgt. John Giambrone, commander of the Robbery Squad, told reporters Thursday during a news conference at police headquarters in Mineola.Selvin Esquivel, 33, of Uniondale, 23-year-old Carlos Guzman-Lobo of Freeport and 24-year-old Fredy Cortez-Sandoval of Hempstead were each charged with criminal possession weapon.Guzman-Lobo and Cortez-Sandoval were also charged with robbery.  Cortez-Sandoval was additionally charged with first-degree burglary for the alleged home invasion in which the suspect escaped. Guzman-Lobo is facing a charge of false impersonation as well.Investigators linked the suspects to the alleged crime spree after Bureau of Special Operations officers pulled over a vehicle for illegal tints early Wednesday. The driver, Esquivel, is facing charges of criminal possession forged instrument and several traffic violations. Detectives then linked the trio to the robberies, police said.All three suspects are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Rose Ladies Series: Screen swaps NHS duties for return to golf

first_img Hannah Screen is ready to make a return to competitive golf after a rewarding summer working for the NHS in the fight against Coronavirus.The 20-year-old member of the England women’s overseas squad flew back from Oklahoma University in March and found work as part of team involved in the NHS ‘test and trace’ process.The end of her working block coincides with her first competitive outing of the summer in the latest Rose Ladies Series at Buckinghamshire Golf Club.Screen (pictured above right) is joined in the mainly professional field by fellow amateurs Lily May Humphreys (above centre) and Ellie Gower (above left) for the third event in the series sponsored by England Golf ambassador Justin Rose and his wife Kate.Screen has landed a plum draw alongside Solheim Cup star Charley Hull and former England international Gabriella Cowley.And she’s looking forward to getting back onto the course after spending lockdown working not only in her back garden on her golf game, but also behind the scenes for the NHS.“It’s been really rewarding,” admitted Screen. “I feel as if in some small way I’m doing my bit to help the country’s fight.“My focus is turning back towards golf as competitions pick up again and, because there’s a chance I will be returning to America in the next few weeks, I can’t carry it on.“My job involves calling people who came into contact with those who had the virus and telling them about self-isolating.“The job as well as the training on safeguarding and confidentiality has helped teach me a lot.“I came back from university on 16 March and since then I’ve been doing uni work, the NHS job and bought a practice net to allow me to work on my game in the garden.“Along with the net, I’ve been doing what most people have done and practising putting on my carpet, so it’s been good to get back on the course recently and also head to the range.“I’ve really enjoyed going there with my brother Jeffrey who is only eight. Last week he hit the ball 135 yards. His swing is so good! Afterwards he said to me maybe he could go to university and play golf too!“It definitely feels like a long time since I played competitive golf so I’m really excited to be involved in the Rose Ladies Series.“I played a practice round on Monday and the course is in great condition – especially the greens.”Screen is no stranger to this week’s Buckinghamshire venue.As a teenager, the member at Berkhamsted Golf Club carried out work experience with the Ladies’ European Tour at the course where they have their HQ and also worked in hospitality.Now she’s eager to spend more time playing and added: “I worked at the Ladies Masters event in 2015 in hospitality but also got to help teach a group of disabled golfers on the range which was amazing.“I played the course once when I was 14, but having played it again this week I can’t wait to get out there.“I was on the putting green on Monday when Alice Hewson told me I had been drawn with Charley and Gabriella which is exciting.“I actually played nine holes with Charley once at Woburn Golf Club. I was only 14 and I’m not sure she’ll remember it!”A disrupted summer means Screen’s plans beyond the Rose Ladies Series are still clouded in doubt.She will take part in a Faldo Series Europe event at Brockett Hall next week and may take part in the English Women’s Amateur at Woodhall Spa at the end of July.But there is also an option to play the US Women’s Amateur in Washington DC ahead of a return for her third year at university.“It’s all a little bit up in the air,” confessed Screen who is heading into her junior (third) year at Oklahoma University studying business and communications.“I’m not sure when I will go back to America, but I am looking forward to returning to Uni.“I moved to Oklahoma from Houston in December and I have really enjoyed the last semester and managed all ‘A’ grades.“They also do sports so well in America and the competition level is so high that you are always improving.”AMATEUR TEE TIMES11.40 – Georgina Blackman, Lily May Humphreys, Bronte Law12.10 – Cloe Frankish, Georgia Hall, Ellie Gower12.50 – Charley Hull, Hannah Screen, Gabriella Cowley**Keep up to date with scoring from the event by following the England Golf Twitter feed** Tags: Ellie Gower, Hannah Screen, Lily May Humphreys, Rose Ladies Series 1 Jul 2020 Rose Ladies Series: Screen swaps NHS duties for return to golf last_img read more

Incomplete journey

first_imgAs I sat marooned by almost as much snow that fell upon Pittsburgh during the blizzard of ‘93, I was certainly not “grooving last Saturday afternoon.” I have come to the realization that in spite of the fact that Barack Obama and first lady Michelle currently occupy the big house, oops I meant White House, my vision is still a tad blurry as I began to calculate the gains that African-Americans have made over the past five decades. The present and the future became clearer and though it may not be what I want it to be, nonetheless, it is what it is. I instantly became humbled and I consider it as one of my many blessings to be a part of the sports writing and reporting lineage of the New Pittsburgh Courier, especially during this, our centennial year. I think about Bill Nunn, the legendary journalist and NFL scout who entered the newspaper business as a sports writer for the Pittsburgh Courier and later rose to sports editor and finally our managing editor. He took the Courier’s Black College All-American team to another level before he joined the Pittsburgh Steelers’ scouting staff part time in 1967 and then full time in 1969. He became a liaison between the Steelers and historically Black Colleges and universities.  After earning five Super Bowl Rings, Bill Nunn is among the most legendary NFL scouts of all time but he still makes time for me. Whenever I telephone him and he says, “son what are you up to,” it never gets old. Chills still run up and down my spine.I also reflected on the late Myron Cope, who wrote a column for the Courier. Myron introduced me to Charles Henry (Chuck) Noll, the Emperor.However, during that blizzard-like day I also reminisced about the Dec. 20 Steelers/Packers game at Heinz Field where I had an unofficial head count of about 14 faces of color (excluding scouts) that graced press row. Overall, there were no more than twenty Blacks seated in a press box that has the capacity to hold in excess of 150 bodies. That memory was not as pleasant.Initially, I thought I might have been hallucinating but the 2006 racial and gender report card of the Associated Press Sports Editors, compiled by the University of South Florida, has an even bleaker statistical view of the situation than my personal experiences can convey. The report states that, White men and women comprised 88 percent of the total staffs of all APSE member newspapers; African-Americans held 6.2 percent, Latinos 3.6 percent, Asians 1.3 percent, and “other” people of color less than 1 percent.Women made up 12.6 percent of total staffs of APSE member newspapers. 94.7 percent of APSE sports editors were White while 90.0 percent were white males; African-Americans held only 1.6 percent; Latinos 2.8 percent and “others” less than 1 percent. There were no Asian sports editors. Whites held 86.9 percent of the assistant sports editor posts in the survey, while people of color made up 13.1 percent. African-Americans were 5.3 percent, Latinos 5.5 percent, Asians 1.6 percent, and other people of color 0.8 percent. Talk about an “ole boys club.” Maybe the Associated Press should be renamed the APP, (All Pals Press) not to be confused with AWB, (Average White Band).The racial makeup of the NFL is more than 75 percent African-American and the Black athletes in the NBA exceed 80 percent. Even when we figure in the coverage of the predominately White NHL and the numbers of Latinos’ and Whites who comprise the majority in MLB, there still remains an unacceptable racial gap when it comes to sports reporting in America.Charles Hallman of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder quotes Bill Rhoden, the New York Times sports columnist as saying, “Until a year ago [2008] I was the only African-American on the sports staff at the New York Times. What you see on press row in 2009 is not too much different than what you saw on press row in 1963.” Dr. Harry Edwards, University of California-Berkeley professor emeritus says that the media row at sporting events such as the NCAA Championships “is still the most segregated area in sports.”The most common excuse that I get when credentials are denied to me is, “sorry you don’t write for a daily.” Well there doesn’t seem to be much room for me, especially when White men and women hold 88 percent of the total slots of all APSE member newspapers. Now I am not a hater when it comes to my European colleagues being employed, but talk about reverse affirmative action gone wild. Whew, you be the judge. After running around the block I have returned to my nice warm dining room, still stranded, not by all of the snow that has fallen, but slowed by “the albatross of reality” that is giving me neck pain just because of having to endure the daily “snow jobs” that I and the majority of African-American sports writers are forced to face when applying for credentials to any sporting event.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com.)last_img read more