Twitter Pinterest By Carl Stutsman – January 6, 2021 0 329 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend MarketSports By Know1one1 [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons Former Notre Dame basketball player and assistant coach Ryan Ayers has been charged with voyeurism and domestic battery. Police say he hit his girlfriend during an argument last summer.They also say he had several inappropriate pictures of women on his iCloud, and a video of a sexual encounter with an ex-girlfriend that he shared with others.Ayers parted ways with Notre Dame back in September. Facebook Google+ Former ND player and coach charged with battery and voyeurism Previous articleEconomic impact off NCAA tourney expected to provide relief to COVID shaken Indiana economyNext articleSt. Joseph County Comissioners issue storm debris emergency declaration Carl Stutsman WhatsApp WhatsApp
By Myriam Ortega/Diálogo November 18, 2018 In early October, the Colombian Navy dealt a major blow to narcotrafficking and dismantled a criminal ring that smuggled drugs to Central American and the Caribbean by sea for the Clan del Golfo. The Navy captured 14 gang members in different parts of the country in simultaneous joint and combined operations with the Colombian Office of the Attorney General U.S agencies. A year of intelligence work allowed the Navy to identify the criminal group and the route it used to smuggle drugs from the Gulf of Morrosquillo, on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. The network, according to the Navy, moved up to a ton of cocaine on each journey via speedboats. “[The operation] was very well planned,” Colombian Navy Captain Carlos Rodríguez Espinoza, commander of the Caribbean Coast Guard, told Diálogo. “It’s important to acknowledge the disciplined and rigorous work of the Colombian Office of the Attorney General and the Navy to conduct logistics planning and arrests.” Clan del Golfo’s partner Several cocaine seizures carried out in territorial and international waters in 2017 led the Colombian Navy to identify the criminals and their maritime route. “This case came together based on the Navy’s seizures and the profiling on boats, speedboats, and substances,” Capt. Rodríguez said. According to the investigations, the group charged monthly sums to the Clan del Golfo and other narcotrafficking organizations to ship the drugs. The criminal ring, which operated with the Clan del Golfo for three years, had become one of its main partners in Córdoba and Sucre departments in the Caribbean coast of Colombia. The intelligence and follow-up work that enabled the dismantlement of the ring was possible thanks to ongoing U.S. support, Capt. Rodríguez said. “We always had the support of U.S. Southern Command, the 4th Fleet [U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command] and JIATF South [Joint Interagency Task Force South], which is the organization that brings us direct support for operations and follow-up on narcotrafficking issues.” Simultaneous joint operations More than 100 Navy units, in addition to agents from the Office of the Attorney General’s Technical Investigation Corps (CTI, in Spanish) carried out the arrest in joint operations. Authorities detained a total of 14 people, including gang leaders, ship operators, and mechanics in several towns in Antioquia, Santander, Córdoba, and Bolívar departments. “What matters here is the simultaneity of the operation in several cities and secluded areas,” Colombian Navy Vice Admiral Gabriel Pérez Garcés, commander of the Caribbean Naval Force, told Diálogo. “Different units executed arrest procedures at the same time.” Authorities seized $40,000 in cash, as well as satellite equipment and navigation charts during the operations. According to the Navy, the crew members were experienced operators who not only traveled with cutting-edge satellite location systems, but also obtained information and details about naval units’ operations, so as to identify their location and evade them. “Navigation charts are official documents for public use; they are unclassified,” Vice Adm. Pérez said. “What may be significant here is that they might have recorded information on these charts, such as routes, points, times, in short, that information can be helpful for intelligence to continue the fight. It gives us the chance to open and expand cases involving narcotrafficking.” The Colombian Office of the Attorney General, through the Special Office against Drug Trafficking, charged 14 detainees with trafficking, manufacture, and possession of drugs, as well as conspiracy to commit crimes. A woman was placed under house arrest, while the rest of the group was sent to prison. “As a main drug producer, Colombia understands its responsibility in this scourge against humanity,” Capt. Rodríguez concluded, emphasizing the importance of regional cooperation to counter narcotrafficking. “However, we are not the only country responsible for that. It should be addressed [with international cooperation], because it’s the only way to impact the illegal narcotrafficking business strategically and significantly.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo was among nine people arrested for corruption in two alleged schemes that included bid-rigging and bribery involving the Buffalo Billion initiative, federal prosecutors said Thursday.Cuomo’s former executive deputy secretary, Joseph Percoco, was charged with helping an energy company and a Syracuse-based real estate developer in exchange for more than $315,000 in what they called “ziti,” which was code for bribes in language adopted from The Sopranos, HBO’s popular mob drama, authorities said. In a separate but overlapping alleged scheme, SUNY Polytechnic Institute President Alain Kaloyeros was accused of steering work to contractors while overseeing the application process for the Buffalo Billion project, intended to revitalize the western New York city, prosecutors said.“The companies got rich, and the public got bamboozled,” Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, told reporters during a news conference at his Manhattan office. “The bids allegedly were rigged, the results preordained.”The case comes less than a year after his office’s prosecutors convicted former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and ex-state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) on separate but similar corruption charges. Both are appealing.“It turns out that the state legislature does not have a monopoly on crass corruption in New York,” Bharara said.Percoco was charged with soliciting bribes, conspiracy to commit extortion and conspiracy to commit honest services fraud. Authorities said he conspired with energy company executive Peter Galbraith Kelly Jr. and Buffalo Billion consultant Todd Howe to get Percoco’s then-unemployed wife $287,000 in pay for a no-show job, prosecutors said. Percoco also allegedly got expensive meals and a Hamptons fishing trip. In exchange, Percoco used his influence to help the company save $100 million on the construction of a power plant, among other favors, authorities said.Percoco also received about $35,000 in bribes from Syracuse developers Steven Aiello and Joseph Gerardi in exchange for his help in reversing an Empire State Development Corporation decision related to a labor dispute, which in turn freed up $14 million in state funds awarded to their company, prosecutors said. The bribes also ensured a pay raise for Aiello’s son, who worked in the governor’s office, authorities said.The money was funneled through a shell company controlled by Howe, who struck a plea deal with prosecutors in exchange for his testimony. Kelly and Aiello were each charged with bribery and conspiracy. Aiello’s son was not charged.Madison Square Garden Co. named Percoco senior vice president last December following his stint with Cuomo. In a press release announcing his hiring, MSG referred to Percoco as a “distinguished” government worker.“If the allegations are true, I am saddened and profoundly disappointed,” Cuomo said in a statement after the charges were announced. “I hold my administration to the highest level of integrity. I have zero tolerance for abuse of the public trust from anyone.”Bharara added: “There are no allegations of wrongdoing by the governor anywhere in this complaint.”In the second scheme, Aiello, Kelly and Buffalo-based developers Louis Ciminelli, Michael Laipple and Kevin Schuler were charged with paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to Howe in exchange for secretly rigging bids to ensure they would win taxpayer-funded construction project contracts worth tens of millions of dollars, prosecutors said. Kaloyeros and Howe secretly asked the developers for qualifications that would be inserted in the Requests for Proposals to minimize competition, authorities said. In one instance, the information was so specifically tailored to one developer, a conspirator asked if it was “too telegraphed,” according to investigators.Kaloyeros was suspended without pay, effective immediately, Cuomo said.At the news conference Adam Cohen, the FBI Special Agent-in-Charge of the Buffalo Field Office that led the investigation, recalled getting his start in government work while growing up on Long Island. He said the allegations were “personally upsetting” to him and his colleagues.“These arrests speak volumes to those who…arrogantly took what was not theirs and who acted without morals and ignored ethics,” he said. “Each of them allegedly broke the law because they chose greed, and, as a result, personally tarnished an historic opportunity… We cannot say it often enough: It is the expectation of the public that government officials are not in their positions to self-deal or to serve their personal interests.”Each of the suspects faces up to 20 years in prison, if convicted.
The Division 3 teams will now do battle in Templetuohy with throw-in set for 2pm. Following an inspection today, Thurles was said to be unavailable due to a frozen pitch. Tipp FM’s coverage will be in association with O’Connell’s Centra, Templemore.
Spain boss Vicente del Bosque believes that a Champions League final between Real Madrid and Barcelona would be the perfect ending to the competition.The Blaugrana were paired with Bayern Munich during Friday’s semi-final draw, while the capital club will have to deal with Borussia Dortmund if they are to make it to the showpiece at Wembley.And the former Blancos boss feels a match-up between the two Spanish giants would be ideal.“Everybody wants a final between Barcelona and Real Madrid,” Del Bosque told reporters.“It would be a great final if Barca and Madrid were to meet as the majority of the players also play for Spain’s national team. It would be another huge step for Spanish football.“Over the past decade or so we have seen a Spanish hegemony with teams like Valencia, Sevilla, Villarreal and Deportivo doing well, too.” Spanish teams have won five out of the 13 Champions League finals since the beginning of the millennium.
by Genaro C. ArmasHERSHEY, Pa. (AP)—In Class AAA, the referees overseeing the 120-pound bout got showered with a chorus of boos after overturning Brashear senior Godwin Nyama’s potential match-winning takedown of Canon McMillan’s Connor Schram with 20 seconds left in regulation. Nyama (38-2) became the first City League wrestler to win a PIAA championship.A replay on the video board appeared to show Nyama had the points on the returning state champ. The bout went into overtime, and nearly everyone in the Giant Center switched their allegiance to Nyama, who considered himself the underdog.“It’s Canon-Mac, it’s a powerhouse, you know?” Nyama said. “The ref always goes on their side. The crowd saw it, the other ref saw it. I just stayed positive and kept going.”They swooned after Nyama lifted Schram off the mat near the edge of the circle before taking him down with 22 seconds left for a 3-1 victory. Nyama jumped into the arms of coach Nate Geller, who lifted him in the air for several seconds.Nyama denied Schram (25-1) a PIAA title and an undefeated season.Nyama said he told himself before the match that he couldn’t “let the ref decide the call. I wasn’t going to let the ref take away my state championship. I knew (the first takedown) was getting waved off before his coach went over. So I stayed positive and kept pushing the action.” BIG TAKE DOWN—Brashear’s Godwin Nyama, left, takes down Canon McMillan’s Connor Schram during their Class AAA 120-pound finals match at the PIAA high school wrestling championships March 10, in Hershey, Pa. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)