A Daytona Beach man is in trouble for apparently sending his ex-girlfriend text messages claiming that he wanted to commit a mass shooting.According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, A 25-year-old Tristan Scott Wix was arrested on Friday.Deputies say that he sent the woman text messages that read, “A school is a weak target..id be more likely to open fire on a large crowd of people from over 3 miles away… I’d wanna break a world record for longest confirmed kill ever.” Another message reportedly stated, “But a good 100 kills would be nice. I already have a location (laughing cry face emoji) is that bad?”The ex-girlfriend called deputies, who found Wix in a Winn-Dixie parking lot in Daytona Beach Shores and arrested him. He told the deputies he does not own any firearms, but that he is “fascinated” with mass shootings.Wix faces charges of making threats to commit a mass shooting. He is being held without bond at the Volusia County Jail.The incident comes nearly two weeks after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, that killed 31 people.
A Florida man is facing an aggravated assault charge, after authorities say he intentionally coughed on a cashier.The store worker told deputies that 49-year-old Christopher Canfora, of DeBary, had complained just before the incident that he felt that social distancing precautions for the coronavirus pandemic are “getting out of hand.”She added that Canfora then intentionally coughed on her and the cash register.Today, deputies charged a DeBary man with aggravated assault after he intentionally coughed in the face of a retail store employee, claiming social distancing is “getting out of hand.” Details at https://t.co/ICRFFuDKGs pic.twitter.com/tCtNrXIUcf— Volusia Sheriff (@VolusiaSheriff) April 8, 2020 Deputies who arrested him said he denied the charges, and told them that he does not have COVID-19 symptoms.The arrest report states that Canfora also told deputies that he did not expect anyone to understand his sense of humor.
14 Nov 2016 Pioneering golf event is breaking down the barriers A unique golf programme set up to help disabled people access the sport has been hailed a success. The Beacon Centre, the Black Country’s leading sight loss charity, teamed up with the Mark Butler Golf Academy in Sedgley to launch the pan disability golf programme. The two organisations have been working together for more than two years to help those living with sight loss to try golf. After three successful ‘introduction to golf’ courses the charity and the golf academy, working closely with England Golf, wrote a golf programme to work with the visually impaired as well as other disabilities. A total of 24 players from the Black Country, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire took part in the programme which culminated in the BeaconButler Challenge Cup, which was based around the Ryder Cup format with players split into Europe and America teams. It finished in a draw with both teams scoring 93 points – and next year’s campaign is already being planned. The charity’s Innovations Development and Funding Officer, Annamarie Balram, said: “Our golf programme has been a huge success enabling participants to socially engage with others as well as improve their health and well-being and giving them access to a sport that may have been deemed inaccessible in the past. “The programme has built confidence and independence with many of the participants becoming members of the golf academy. Jamie Blair, England Golf Disability Manager, said: “It is great to see the strength of partnership between the Beacon Centre and their local facility at the Mark Butler Academy. The event has not only provided a target for many of the golfers involved but also raised awareness of what can be possible for disabled people, regardless of their disability. “The friendly rivalry between the counties involved also created a great social side before, during and after the event with golf, as always, offering the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.” The BeaconButler Challenge Cup was supported by PGA professionals Mark Butler and Adam Robinson of the Mark Butler Golf Academy; Robert Laing from the Bromsgrove Golf Centre; and Russell Adams from Gaudet Luce Golf Club. As well as the Beacon Centre, a number of other charitable organisations were represented in the programme including Wings, High Flyers, Langstones, Headway and Cambian. The Beacon Centre and the Mark Butler Golf Academy raised almost £9,000 through grants, donations, sponsorship and fundraising to host the programme, which has also enabled the BeaconButler Challenge Cup 2017 campaign to start. Captions: Top – A competitor in the BeaconButler Challenge Cup; below players and supporters at the event. Images courtesy AT Golf Photos
Leading English golfers Dan Brown, Josh McMahon and Ian Crowther have amassed a string of high finishes in international events. Brown, the English champion from Masham in Yorkshire (image © Leaderboard Photography), struck first by claiming third place in the South African stroke play. McMahon and Crowther quickly followed up, both finishing runner-up in the Portuguese amateur and the Spanish seniors, respectively. Brown made his mark in the first event of a four-week tour of South Africa, moving steadily up the leaderboard with rounds of level par 70, 67, 67, 68. His play was marked by impressive strings of birdies, four-in-a-row in both the second and third rounds and four in six holes in the final round. He finished three behind Edgar Catherine of France. Click here for full scores. He’s on tour with fellow England Golf internationals, Josh Hilleard (Farrington Park, Somerset) and James Walker (The Oaks, Yorkshire), who both made the cut, and by Sean Towndrow (Southport & Ainsdale, Lancashire) who is returning to international golf after treatment for blood cancer. He missed the cut by one shot but told his Twitter followers: “Played good overall and pleased with my progress. Practice for a few days now, then onto the next tournament.” The next date for the players is the Cape Province Open at George Golf Club and Oubaai Golf Club, which starts tomorrow. In the Portuguese amateur Josh McMahon (Wallasey, Cheshire) held a one-shot lead going in to the final round, but was overtaken by Finland’s Sami Välimäki who powered home with a closing four-under 68. McMahon, a member of the England Men’s A Squad, finished the event on five-under and was one of four England players in the top ten. Fellow squad member Gian-Marco Petrozzi (Trentham, Staffordshire) was fourth on three-under, a shot ahead of Bailey Gill (Lindrick, Yorkshire) and another A squad player, George Bloor (Cavendish), Derbyshire). Click here for full scores In the Spanish senior championship, Ian Crowther (Royal Lytham & St Annes, Lancashire) held the first round lead with his opening 68, but slipped a shot behind Scotland’s Robert Jenkins after his second round 73. Both players carded 74 in the final round, leaving Crowther just one adrift of the title. Crowther, a senior international, led a strong English challenge in the championship. He was joined in the top 10 by third placed Douglas Cameron (Moor Park, Hertfordshire); Neil Self (Stand, Lancashire) and Stephen East (Leeds Golf Centre, Yorkshire) who tied fourth; and Clive Jones (France) and Gareth Bradley (Bramhall, Cheshire); who shared sixth place. Click here for full scores 13 Feb 2017 High finishes for top England golfers
This is Wednesday, okay, and I am in no mood to glorify and sanctify idiocy, incompetency, indifference and just, just, just, plain stupidity. This past Sunday Ben Roethlisberger , the resident blunderer, oh paleeeees excuse me, I meant future hall-of-shame, uh oh, I slipped again. I should have said hall-of fame quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers insisted that the Indianapolis Colts have at least a fighting chance to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Lucas Oil Dome in Indianapolis. The Steelers managed to slither by the Colts, 23-20.In last week’s installment of “As The Black and Gold Turn” I took the media to task by pointing out that they were in error when; “[they] crowned the Ravens AFC North Champions a tad after just one lopsided victory over [the Steelers].”These were the same “flock of idiots” that announced in the most grandiose way standing upon a “mega” soapbox with over 100,000 watts of power generated from bull dung that the Steelers lopsided win over the hapless, “sleepless in” Seattle Seahawks was a great indicator that the Pittsburgh had repaired and righted the ship that had been torpedoed by the Ravens in the 1st game of the season down at M&T Bank stadium in Baltimore.The following messed me up. Big Ben had the nerve to freakin’ say this after the game: “Our defense, they’re fun to watch they make exciting plays when they need to and they’re on my side.” How in the heck can it be fun for the defense when game after game, season after season year after year they have to consistently bail his dumb butt out because of holding the ball too long while in the process of “trying to make a play.”When you watch Roethlisberger closely, he appears at times to be a first or second year QB still in the process of learning to read defenses while “trying to make a play.” In the first three games, Roethlisberger has been a part of the commission of nine turnovers and in my most humble opinion only one, the Rashard Mendenhall fumble in B-More was not his fault. Roethlisberger and his boss the “legendary” offensive coordinator Bruce Arians always seem to want the “deep ball” to be at the forefront. Well in the NFL, when your offensive line resembles some of the finest Swiss cheese that Zurich has to offer, you must gorge yourself on short and medium passes on your way to the end zone. Big Ben and “medium” Bruce Arians must now understand that if their offense cannot run the ball or throw long passes down field because of offensive line deficiencies then as “Oakland” Al Davis might say; “just dink and dunk, baby.”There are times when it seems as if Roethlisberger is the best weapon that the opposing team has to offer. As I alluded to a couple of weeks ago, there were folks who had the nerve to say that when the Steelers were thrashed by the Ravens in B-more that the defense of the Black and Gold appeared confused and were a bit too “old” and were no longer cutting the mustard. Well my gee, any defense that has to sustain the “Roethlisberger Follies” probably ages faster than most. When a player, any player has an arrogant disregard for what their colleagues will suffer as a result of their “ego state” and their insatiable narcissistic quest for glory and self gratification then there is always the possibility and the probability that chaos and disaster are waiting just around the bend. I am going to tell you again, just in case you missed it the last time.The Steelers have advanced to three Super Bowls during the last decade. Ben Roethlisberger has been the starting QB in all of them. The Black and Gold won Super Bowl XL not because of Ben Roethlisberger but in spite of him. Roethlisberger’s QB rating of 22.6 in Super Bowl XL the lowest rating of a winning quarterback in Super Bowl history. The Ex-Steelers now NY Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes made the second “immaculate reception” in the Steelers history to clinch Super Bowl XLIII. And of course we all saw the result of his blundering ways in Super Bowl XLV. Don’t get it twisted boys and girls, I would choose Big Ben over 90 percent of most QB’s but he has to grow up. Throw the ball away; don’t take sacks that put you out of field goal range, live for another day. When you continue to throw needless picks and fumble the ball away that is almost relative to playing “double dare” with the opposing offense. It seems as if he is looking for a cliff to jump from. “Go ahead, I dare ya.” My defense is better than your defense. So what if I make a mistake; my “D” will bail me out, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah. When anyone continues to play with fire, fire, fire they will eventually get burned, burned, burned. Catch you on the rebound.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: email@example.com or 412-583-6741. Bruce is also the AFC North and NFL analyst on; ‘The Odd Couple Show’ every Wednesday streaming live from 11-11:30 a.m. on Fox Sports Radio WCWA 1230 Toledo, Ohio.)
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Starling Marte, left, scores on a double hit by Jose Tabata as Chicago Cubs catcher Welington Castillo, right, tries to catch the ball during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO (AP) — Russell Martin picked a bad time to make his first error of the season.Martin’s poor throw in the 11th inning set up the winning run in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 4-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.There were runners on first and second with no outs when Martin tried to pick off Anthony Rizzo at second and the ball sailed into center field. Rizzo and Alfonso Soriano each moved up a base on the veteran catcher’s first error since Sept. 11 for the New York Yankees at Boston.“I lost grip coming up on the transfer,” Martin said. “Sometimes you can get the grip as you’re going, but I just never really had any grip on the ball and it took off.”After Luis Valbuena was walked intentionally, pinch hitter Dioner Navarro drove in Rizzo with a sacrifice fly off Bryan Morris (4-3).Pittsburgh (53-34) has dropped three of four to fall into a tie with St. Louis for the NL Central lead and the best record in baseball. But Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was quick to defend Martin and pointed to some other key situations that hurt his club.“We’re playing to win,” Hurdle said. “If you’ve watched that guy play all year, you just move on. Throw against the bag and he’s out. What hurt us earlier was the fourth and sixth innings with a runner at third and we weren’t able to score them. Those were things that kind of challenged us a little bit.”The situation in the sixth was particularly glaring, coming with the game tied at 2. The Pirates had runners on second and third with one out, but Jordy Mercer bounced into a fielder’s choice that retired Pedro Alvarez in a rundown between third and home. Pedro Strop then came in and struck out pinch hitter Gaby Sanchez to end the inning.The Cubs grabbed a 3-2 lead when Scott Hairston connected for a pinch-hit solo homer against Tony Watson in the eighth inning. It was Hairston’s eighth homer.The Pirates were down to their last strike in the ninth when Starling Marte drove a 3-2 pitch from closer Kevin Gregg over the wall in center for his ninth homer.“We never quit, that’s something you can’t teach,” Pittsburgh starter A. J. Burnett said. “Just play until the last out’s made and that’s what we do. You saw Marte, he fouled off some tough pitches, he battled and you saw what happens.”It was Gregg’s second blown save in 17 opportunities. He began the inning with consecutive strikeouts against Jordy Mercer and pinch hitter Travis Snider.“We were one strike away there,” Gregg said. “I made some good pitches in to him, made him conscious of the ball in. I felt like I made a pretty good pitch away from him and he did a good job of hitting and going to get it.”But Navarro rescued Gregg in the 11th inning, and Matt Guerrier (3-4) pitched two scoreless innings for his first win with Chicago.Burnett came off the 15-day disabled list after being sidelined by a strained right calf and pitched five solid innings. He allowed two runs, one earned, and three hits.“Nothing not to like,” Hurdle said of Burnett’s performance. “The ball came out of his hand very crisp, pitched efficiently.”NOTES: RHP Ryan Reid was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis to make room for Burnett. … The Pirates start a six-game homestand Monday that includes three-game series against Oakland and the New York Mets. Monday’s game features a pair of All-Star pitchers, with Jeff Locke (8-1, 2.12 ERA) facing the A’s Bartolo Colon (11-3, 2.78 ERA).
Wake Forest’s Codi Miller-McIntyre (0) shoots over Pittsburgh’s Lamar Patterson (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – The foundation of Pittsburgh’s NCAA tournament resume has been its lack of bad losses.The Panthers weren’t about to get one in their first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament game.Pitt routed Wake Forest 84-55 on Thursday in the second round of the ACC tournament behind 24 points from Lamar Patterson.Talib Zanna added 17 points to help the fifth-seeded Panthers (24-8) win their ACC tournament debut with ease.“The message I was giving to our players is how well we have played on the road, and now we’re going to be playing on the road the rest of the way in our minds,” coach Jamie Dixon said. “So that’s what we’ve turned it into.”They never trailed, shot 50 percent and established a 38-30 rebounding advantage while giving Wake Forest one of the most lopsided ACC tournament losses in school history.In beating Wake Forest for the second time this season, Pitt claimed just its second conference tournament victory in any league since 2008 and matched a school record for its most lopsided win in a league tournament.Pitt also beat Rhode Island by 29 points in the 1981 Eastern 8 tournament – the forerunner of the Atlantic-10.“We’re playing our best basketball,” Dixon said.The Panthers will play No. 15 North Carolina, the tournament’s fourth seed, in a quarterfinal Friday.Coron Williams scored 16 points and Codi Miller-McIntyre added 10 for the 12th-seeded Demon Deacons (17-16). They followed their best shooting performance of the year – a 61 percent showing against Notre Dame in the first round – with a dud.“We just couldn’t stop them,” coach Jeff Bzdelik said. “And the inability to make some shots and to score, we just lost some confidence. We’ve been fragile with that throughout the course of the year at times (and) you got the score you got.”The only drama in the second half was whether Wake Forest would wind up with its worst-ever ACC tournament loss – a distinction that still belongs to the 1966 team that lost its opener by 30 to Duke.Josh Newkirk added 10 points for the Panthers, who went one-and-done in four of their final five trips to the Big East tournament before coming into the ACC this year along with Syracuse and Notre Dame.Their first regular season in their new league ended with a decent amount of stress: Four of the Panthers’ previous five victories went to overtime, and until now, they hadn’t had the luxury of coasting since they beat Clemson by 33 on Jan. 21.“We won convincingly – that’s how we want to win every game, but it’s not possible in basketball,” Patterson said. “So we’ll just take this momentum and get ready for tomorrow.”Part of the reason this one was so easy was because Pitt completely neutralized Wake Forest big man Devin Thomas.Thomas was coming off a 19-point, 10-rebound effort against the Fighting Irish, but he finished this one with eight points and six rebounds before fouling out against a Pitt team that had allowed only two double-figure rebounders in its previous seven games.The Demon Deacons were 6-1 this season when Thomas had at least 10 rebounds.“We wanted to keep the ball out of his hands, (and) when he did get it, make it tough for him to play,” Dixon said of Thomas.The strength of Pitt’s postseason resume has been its ability to avoid those confounding losses – the worst teams to beat the Panthers have been Florida State and N.C. State, both of which are well above .500 – and being beaten by the Demon Deacons certainly would have qualified as one.But at no point during this game did that seem like a possibility.The Panthers set the tone early by scoring on eight of their first nine possessions and needing only about 5½ minutes to push their lead into double figures. Pitt went up 39-23 on Zanna’s three-point play with 34.4 seconds left in the half and pulled away in the second half.“They hit us right between the eyes,” Bzdelik said, “and we were on our heels throughout the entire game.”___Follow Joedy McCreary on Twitter at http://twitter.com/joedyap
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by City of LaceyLACEY, WA, January 22, 2013: The public is invited to participate in the second of a series of planning sessions to enhance Lacey’s Woodland District, a mixed-use sub-area of the city’s central business district, on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Lacey City Hall Council Chambers, 420 College Street SE.In partnership with the Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC), Lacey is developing a strategic plan for the district—bordered by Interstate 5, College Street, Lacey Boulevard, and the Chehalis Western Trail—to create a vibrant urban core featuring a mix of residential, office, business, recreation, and service uses. Recent consolidation of state agencies in response to the economic downturn has resulted in nearly 240,000 square-feet of vacant office space in the district. While this has had a negative impact, it also offers an opportunity to diversify the district’s employment base.The workshop will be an interactive presentation which will utilize hand-held instant polling equipment to formulate concepts, establish preferences, and refine design elements. The data gathered will inform the Woodland District Steering Committee and policy-makers on current strategic planning efforts, including concepts that can be successfully implemented immediately as well as broader actions that can be incorporated into land use planning element updates to Lacey’s overall comprehensive plan.To learn more, visit www.ci.lacey.wa.us/get-involved, or contact Ryan Andrews, Associate Planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 491-5642.
Facebook10Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Port of OlympiaClean Marina Washington again recognizes Swantown’s excellence in preventing pollution and promoting clean boating practices.The Port of Olympia is proud to announce that Clean Marina Washington has recertified Swantown Marina as a Leadership Level Washington State Clean Marina. Swantown was first certified as Leadership Level Clean in 2008.Clean Marina Washington is a joint project of Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, EnviroStars Cooperative, Northwest Marine Trade Association, Sea Grant of Washington, Washington Dept. of Ecology, Washington Dept. of Natural Resources and Washington State Parks and Recreation. Funding is provided by Washington Dept. of Ecology.The members created Clean Marina Washington as an incentive-based certification program in which marinas assess their operations and implement improvements to better protect the environment. When they reach the qualification standards of Clean Marina Washington they earn the right to “fly the flag.”Washington State sees almost 300,000 recreational boats on its waters each year, providing $4 billion in overall revenue and 28,000 marine-related jobs. The standards of Clean Marina Washington align with the values of this environmentally-conscious region.ACTIVITIES OF CERTIFIED CLEAN MARINAS· Reduce and properly manage hazardous waste· Conduct marina operations with the goal of protecting the environment· Educate boaters on clean boating practices· Demonstrate innovation and Environmental LeadershipBENEFITS OF BEING A CLEAN MARINA· Show your community that you are a leader in environmental protection· Protect salmon, shellfish and other valuable resources· Improve safety and working conditions· Standardize environmental policies with your peers· Attract quality clientele and have fewer vacancies· Get access to free environmental technical assistance· Be recognized for your good work
Facebook103Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by City of OlympiaA new parklet has been installed in front of Olympia Coffee Roasting Company on Cherry Street NE in downtown Olympia. A parklet is a parking stall converted into a public space for everyone to utilize. This parklet features an ADA-accessible covered seating area that comfortably fits 5-7 people as well as a rainwater-fed planter box full of native plants.The new installation is part of the Parking & Business Improvement Area matching grant program which funds up to $3,500 for material costs of each parklet. Olympia Coffee Roasting Company covered the additional costs. This is the third parklet installed in downtown Olympia. The parklet was designed and constructed by all local businesses. Roussa Cassel of SlowClouds, LLC designed and managed the project. The steel frame and planter were built by Zeigler’s Welding, Inc. Bicycle Homebuilding installed the wood cladding, benches and deck.Parking impacts are not expected. A recent City of Olympia parking study revealed only 65% of the on-street stalls were occupied during peak hours in the surrounding blocks. There are over 80 parking stalls within one block of the new parklet.