Bay Shore Bank Robbery Ends in Police Chase, Woodbury Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two accused Bay Shore bank robbery suspects who led police on a chase were arrested after crashing their getaway vehicle in Woodbury on Wednesday morning, prompting Syosset schools to be on lockout, authorities said.The armed suspects, Murray Hawkins and Kevin Highland, both of Queens, allegedly flashed a pistol when they robbed the Capital One Bank outside South Shore Mall on Sunrise Highway in Bay Shore at 9 a.m., authorities said. Following a police chase, the suspects crashed at the last exit of Route 135, where the expressway meets Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury.Hawkins and Highland were both charged with first-degree robbery. Highland was also charged in the armed robbery of a Capitol One bank in Babylon on Dec. 29. “We do not believe any shots were fired,” Suffolk County Police Deputy Tim Sini told reporters during a news conference.Police said two officers suffered minor injuries during the pursuit. One was arrested near the Eagle Rock apartment complex and the other was arrested while running across the expressway, police said. Out of precaution, authorities had searched the area for a third suspect, but only Hawkins and Highland are believed to be involved, police said. “At their request and as a precautionary measure, we have instituted lockout procedures at all of our school buildings,” the Syosset Central School District said in a statement on their website shortly before 10 a.m. “This means we will not allow any persons in or out of our buildings until the police have issued an all clear directive.”Police said the money bag was recovered from the 2015 Ford Escape used in the chase. Highland, who was behind the wheel of the vehicle, according to police, was also charged with unlawful fleeing a police officer. Both men will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip. This post was updated on Jan. 14 to include the identities of the alleged suspects and their charges. -With additional reporting by Timothy Bolgerlast_img read more

City of Batesville offices to limit public access starting today

first_imgBatesville, IN—The City of Batesville has implemented public access changes to keep city employees and the community safe by restricting in-person visits at the following municipal properties during the COVID-19 outbreak.Per the recommendation made by local, state and federal agencies, the City of Batesville has implemented the following policies which will be in place beginning Wednesday, March 18 and will be reevaluated in the coming weeks.At the Memorial Building, public access will be limited to just the vestibule where citizens can contact the police department. Access to the offices of Building Department, Clerk-Treasurer, City Court and Mayor’s Office will be closed to in-person visits until further notice. Feel free to contact any City department by phone which is listed below.The City of Batesville will accept utility payments made online or by drop box which is located at the Water & Gas Department. For additional inquiries and for cash option please contact Water & Gas at the phone number listed below. No utility services will be disconnected for non-payments during the timeframe of these policy changes.Batesville Fire & Rescue has closed the fire station to the public until further notice. For emergencies call 9-1-1 and for non-emergencies contact the department at the number listed below.The Building Department is open by appointment only. More information available by contacting (812) 933-6103.All events at the Ward Building have been postponed until further notice.The Economic Development Commission and Parks & Recreation meetings have been canceled for March.All city parks and shelters will remain open to be used by the public at your discretion. Park and shelter reservations are available online at https://batesvilleindiana.us/ or by calling (812) 933-6100.Curbside trash and recycling collection will continue to be provided.Citizens can access the City’s services both online at https://batesvilleindiana.us/ or by phone.Mayor’s Office: (812) 933-6100                                 Building Commissioner: (812) 933-6103Clerk-Treasurer: (812) 933-6101                               City Court: (812) 933-6102Community Development: (812) 933-6116             Economic Development: (812) 933-6113Fire & EMS: (812) 934-2230                                      Parks Dept. (812) 212-0603Police: (812) 934-3131                                                 Street Dept. (812) 934-4393Wastewater: (812) 934-5338                                      Water & Gas: (812) 934-3811These procedures are immediate steps that have been taken to reduce the risk of exposure in public spaces and to flatten the curve of the virus.Receive accurate and up-to-date local COVID-19 information through the Ripley County Health Department, Franklin County Health Department, Margaret Mary Health, Indiana State Department of Health (https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus).last_img read more

Walton-Moss shines at Cabrini while improving as student, father

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Three years ago, Aaron Walton-Moss’ future in basketball had all but flatlined. His play at Camden (N.J.) High School had turned heads, but his grades turned away Division I coaches and scholarship offers.All he wanted was another chance.“Camden is known for bad stuff that goes on, but there’s also a lot of people that made it out and did great things,” Walton-Moss said. “It’s an opportunity to do something positive with yourself.”Now, he’s doing exactly that at Division III Cabrini College.The 6-foot-1 guard has been the centerpiece for the No. 6 Cavaliers (21-1), who currently sit atop the Colonial States Athletic Conference standings. He ranks fifth in the country with 24.7 points per game and has also hauled in 10.7 rebounds per contest.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut more impressive than his performance on the court has been his turnaround in the classroom and at home. Now the father of a 3-year-old daughter, Walton-Moss is committed to ensuring his own well-being and her long-term success.“I don’t want to sit here and do good for one semester, then fall off for nothing,” he said. “Now, I’ve just got to make sure I stay on that right track“For a long time, getting there wasn’t easy.Growing up in Camden posed its own set of challenges. Hearing the periodic interlude of gunshots was commonplace and many kids struggled to escape life on the streets.When his older brother passed away from cancer, Walton-Moss was actually thankful that his brother didn’t meet a more violent fate.“I rather it be him dying from that than getting gunned down in the street,” he said. “We knew it was coming.”Walton-Moss knew that life wasn’t for him, and basketball could be his ticket to something better.In terms of talent, he was set. He earned second-team all-state honors as a senior in 2009 and averaged a double-double. Cabrini guard Vinny Walls, who played with Walton-Moss at Camden, said his in-game mental awareness was nearly flawless.“His I.Q. was very high on the court,” Walls said. “Nobody’s perfect, but in that sense, he always tries to make the right choice in game situations.”But the classroom was a different story.Coming out of middle school, Walton-Moss said he focused solely on basketball. He finally realized by his junior year that he couldn’t play without the grades, so he tried to pick up the slack.By that point, it was too late. Temple and other schools stopped pursuing him. He didn’t play at all during the next two years.Instead, he had a daughter to worry about.Ariyiania was born in 2010 and his focus immediately shifted to her. He took jobs at Wal-Mart and the Camden Bureau of Recreation for financial stability before the Cabrini opportunity presented itself.It started in 2011, thanks to the NBA lockout. Walton-Moss was working-out with Sacramento Kings forward Jason Thompson when he was introduced to Marcus Kahn, Cabrini’s head coach. Kahn talked to him about his situation and the possibility of playing in Radnor (Pa.), but he never expected the skilled Walton-Moss to even apply.He did, and then Kahn received another surprise.“Two weeks later, he’s coming in with an acceptance letter,” Kahn said. “I thought, ‘OK, well I guess this is getting real now.’”Once on the team, Walton-Moss accepted the role of sixth man and made his presence known immediately. He averaged 11.5 points in 19 games and proved to Kahn he was serious about rebuilding his basketball career.He then needed to overcome one final academic hurdle, as he missed the first semester of the 2012-2013 season due to poor grades. Since that point, though, Walton-Moss said his GPA has progressively risen.That doesn’t surprise Kahn, who said his work ethic is second to none.“He’s taken that same mindset over this last year off the floor,” Kahn said. “Basketball can go away, so he’s gotta learn to have a backup plan.”In an ideal situation, Walton-Moss said he would like a chance to play professionally. He wants to pay for Ariyiania’s college tuition well ahead of time. Now that she can understand the sport, she’s arguably Walton-Moss’ biggest fan. She attends Cabrini home games and often brings a smile to his face with her candid commentary.“The TV can come on, and she points at it and says, ‘That’s my dad playing,’” he said. “I would love to try to get my foot in the door of the NBA or the D-League so she can really see it up close.”If playing basketball won’t accomplish that task, he is hoping to either coach or break into sports radio.After all that he’s been through, his future is bright. He was given the chance he so desperately wanted, and now he isn’t looking back.“It doesn’t matter because talent is going to show wherever you’re at,” Walton-Moss said. “As long as you do what you’re going to do and handle your business…that’s all that really matters.” Comments Published on February 19, 2014 at 12:16 am Contact Tyler: [email protected]last_img read more