Lake Worth man crashes car into truck, tries to run over couple in Keys

first_imgA Lake Worth man was arrested after crashing into a truck and then trying to run over two pedestrians, police say.29-year-old Alexander Medina was arrested Tuesday night in the Florida Keys and he faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, hit-and-run and grand theft of a motor vehicle.Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Adam Linhardt said Medina was driving a red Ford Focus recklessly on Stock Island. He hit a truck, and then fled the scene before attempting to run over a woman and her boyfriend walking near the highway. The couple went to a nearby Circle K gas station and called 911 when  the car tried to run them over again.A deputy spotted Medina speeding on the highway and once he hit a dead-end street the deputy ordered Medina out of the car at gunpoint.Linhardt said the woman who was nearly run over identified Medina as the driver, and damage to the car coincided with damage to the truck.No injuries were reported.last_img read more

Geno Thorpe has left Syracuse basketball for personal reasons

first_img Published on December 1, 2017 at 2:56 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Syracuse guard Geno Thorpe is leaving the program, SU Athletics announced on Friday afternoon. His departure comes after he played a season-low four minutes against Maryland on Monday. He left the program, at least in part, because he was unhappy with his playing time, multiple sources told The Daily Orange. Thorpe left Penn State at the end of the 2013-14 season for the same reason.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThorpe did not board the team’s flight to Miami for its game against Kansas on Saturday afternoon.This leaves SU with three scholarship guards: junior Frank Howard, sophomore Tyus Battle and freshman Howard Washington.The graduate transfer was brought in from South Florida to provide depth and he was a part of the three-guard lineups — with Howard and Battle — that SU head coach Jim Boeheim discussed at the beginning of the year. Syracuse has not played that lineup much recently, instead going with freshmen forwards Oshae Brissett and Marek Dolezaj.“He wants to start in the three-guard rotation,” Gene Thorpe, Geno’s father, told The Daily Orange in October. “(He wants to) be part of the starting lineup with Howard (and) Battle.”Thorpe has played in six games, averaging 14.3 minutes and six points per game.“He loves (Syracuse) so far,” Gene added.Thorpe was enrolled in one class this semester that met once per week. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Wenger denies PSG offer

first_imgPARIS (AP):Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied he has been offered a two-year deal to become coach at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).Speaking to Beinsports channel, the Frenchman said the reports in the British press are “fake news”.Wenger said last week he has reached a decision on whether he will stay at the Premier League club beyond this season, and will announce it publicly “very soon”.The 67-year-old Wenger, who has been in his position since 1996, is under increased pressure after Arsenal’s 3-1 loss at West Bromwich Albion that saw the team drop to sixth place. It was Arsenal’s fourth loss in five Premier League games.In the last month, Arsenal have been eliminated from the Champions League by Bayern Munich 10-2 on aggregate and only won two games – both against fifth-tier teams in the FA Cup. Arsenal are further than ever from winning the Premier League title for the first time since 2004 and are six points adrift of the fourth Champions League place.”It is a false rumour. That is what you call fake news,” Wenger said when asked about the reported offer from PSG. “I formally deny it. It is not true.”Wenger’s contract with Arsenal expires at the end of the season.He said last year that he rejected offers from the French champions after L’Equipe newspaper reported that PSG had made three approaches since Qatar Sports Investments took over the club in 2011.”I know well the owners, but I feel always I remained loyal to Arsenal football club because I think it’s a club that has the qualities I love,” Wenger said in September.last_img read more

Former area priest arrested

first_imgA former Catholic priest who in 2003 managed to avoid prosecution for allegedly sexually abusing children at churches in La Mirada and Pico Rivera was in custody Friday in connection with what authorities indicated is a separate child molestation case. Michael Stephen Baker, 58, was arrested at 2 p.m. Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport on suspicion of committing lewd acts with a child, said Sgt. Dan Scott of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau. The arrest “is in connection with the ongoing investigation into allegations of child molestation involving present and former Catholic priests in the Los Angeles Archdiocese,” the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement. An earlier criminal case against Baker was dismissed in 2003 because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision barring prosecution of decades-old sexual-abuse cases. Baker was arrested as he returned from a tour of Thailand and several other countries, Scott said. Investigators also searched Baker’s residences in Huntington Beach and La Mirada on Thursday. The District Attorney’s Office said a decision on charges will be made Monday, and an arraignment will be scheduled early next week. Baker’s bail was set at $1 million. The Los Angeles Times reported in October that investigators had opened a new probe into Baker, focusing on two brothers who said he molested them beginning in 1984, when they were 5 and 7, and continuing until 1999. The probe into those allegations had been hindered because the brothers now live in Mexico, but investigators obtained visas last spring so the brothers could be interviewed in Arizona. Officials would not confirm whether Baker’s arrest Thursday was in connection with the brothers’ allegations. Baker told Cardinal Roger Mahony in 1986 that he had molested children, according to the archdiocese and Baker. The archbishop did not alert police, but rather sent Baker for treatment, after which he was assigned to a series of nine other parishes. “Cardinal Mahony has already acknowledged and apologized for the mistakes made in handling Father Michael Baker,” the diocese noted in a 2004 report. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DD Motoring: The newest Prius, now with a plug!

first_imgThere’s something very old and connected about Toyota’s newest addition to its Hybrid range. Twenty years in Ireland giving us an electric/petrol Hybrid car that looked after everything itself, now Toyota decided to give us one with a plug!There are two sides to a battery the plus side or positive and the negative side. When it comes to powering a family car with anything other than a petrol or diesel power plants people pull on the negative side to change.The new Plug- In Prius hybrid from ToyotaIt’s nearly twenty years since I first took a Toyota Prius from Kelly’s Toyota on a test drive to Dublin for the weekend loaded down with prams, cots, and wanes. Two decades on Toyota announced in January this year that they just past the 10 million mark for sales of their Toyota Hybrid which would go to prove that the positive believers in the Toyota Hybrid are winning hands down. Advertisement Getting connectedThey called it the quiet revolution in the late 40s when the ESB brought electricity to rural Ireland for the first time which transformed the lives of many.We might think we have come along way since then but when it comes to change we are slow enough to embrace it. Its hard to believe it now but people were afraid to take electricity into their homes back then. Today in a home it’s the one thing that can’t manage without.Toyota has silenced the critics of electrically powered hybrids over the years by looking after all of the charging of their Hybrid cars from within the car in that it didn’t need charging from an external power supply. This new Plug In Prius Hybrid still does all that with its 1.8 petrol engine if you want but by giving the option of a plug-in charge it makes the driver much more involved in the plan that Toyota has set out. Advertisement On Monday and Tuesday this week we were out in the New Prius Plug In. Ours came in emotional red metallic (Maroon really) but what a head turner it was.One of the the most beautiful cars that Toyota have ever produced the New Toyota Prius Plg-In Photo Brian McDaidThe Toyota Prius PHV which we drove this week courtesy of Kelly’s Toyota in Letterkenny.Photo Brian McDaidThe regular Prius Hybrid looks great but this one is drop dead gorgeous. It looks more Italian than a Japanese design with its four part headlights and sweeping grill and the rear of the car is higher giving the car a lovely wedge shape design. The last time I saw two fuel flaps on a car was on an old Jaguar XJ6. In those days they were there to look after the pure thirst of the beast.282 miles per gallon!This has two fuel flaps and in the case of the petrol fuel tank is has been filled once when it was registered back in July and a month on it has 1,090 kms on the clock and is still three-quarters full. Toyota says it can do up to 282 miles to the gallon and like you I thought that’s not possible but when you consider that I had this Prius for two days and I never heard the engine start once in that time.From the second fuel flap the car can be plugged in and charged every time its parked up and if it’s doing short runs up to 50 km it can run on its battery power only. A recent test driving around Dublin by Toyota produced a return of 120 MPG in heavy traffic.I drove the Prius to Cresslough and back and when you know you have the option of the petrol in reserve it’s amazing how much you can become a part of Toyota’s Hybrid team. The new Hybrid has bigger batteries and a more powerful electrical motor the car never feels under powered when it’s in electric mode and even I test drove this car I can tell you nothing about the power of the petrol engine because I planned my journey in advance by making sure the batteries were fully charged and in turn never had to use the engine.It costs approximately €3 to charge the batteries and can be charged in the electrical charging points dotted over the country. Also when you buy one of these new Prius, Toyota will work in association with the ESB to fit a special charging point free of charge at your home. Ferrari or Alfa Romeo! Nah Toyota Prius Hydrid Plug In which we drove this week. Photo Brian McDaidThe team The first option is when you step into this car Toyota give you with a car that can just be simply placed in ‘drive” and away you go. It will take care of everything beautifully, manage the charging of the battery always be in the right gear with its brilliant CVT transmission and do what it has done so successfully for the last two decades and sold over 10 million hybrid cars world wide.The second option is to play a bigger part in the cars effort to conserve energy. For the short time that I had the plug in Prius I found when I was charging the batteries I was also thinking about the journeys I would be doing later that day. When I was driving the car I was thinking about the finer points of driving a car with an automatic gearbox, something the late Joe Kelly of Kelly Toyota had a great belief in.I was using the b setting on the automatic gear box to recharge the batteries through the brakes on the many down hills in Donegal. I was always looking to carrying momentum when I could, years ago we did the same trying to get as many miles as possible out of the fuel we were using in cars that were sore on fuel, now with the Toyota Prius Plug In we have one of the most fuel efficient cars in the world and as a driver of this car you get a great opportunity to conserve energy.At the end of every journey in the Toyota Prius the car will flash up a report on your efforts. I started off getting 75 out of 100 and would get a tip on how to achieve and improvement. Petrol tank still at three quarters full which was filled a month ago on the Prius Toyota Plug-In .Photo Brian McDaidOne of my best scores in driving the new Prius Plug- In Hybrid from Toyota. Photo Brian McDaidThe highest I managed was 94 out of 100 which I was delighted with but the credit should go to the Prius Plug-In to produce these results.These cars are extremely well engineered but are not cheap starting at £37,000 and the car that I drove was the luxury model which had the highest quality of leather interior fitted. The surround sound from the JBL system in the Prius that we drove has to be experienced to be believed.I do not know how they managed this but the music for its speaker system sounds bigger than the interior size of the car does. The Prius Plug In is a very advanced car and will suit anyone who wants to get into conserving energy. All in all the Prius was the bench mark that has said the course over the years and is now a house hold name.Their development work over the years in Hybrid Power is now used in all of the hybrid cars through out the Toyota range and Now Prius is progressing to the next level of development of plug in Hybrids but still offering their conventional arrangement in the current Prius cars.Happy motoring folksDD Motoring: The newest Prius, now with a plug! was last modified: August 16th, 2017 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:carelectrichybridmotoringpriusToyotalast_img read more