Fatal Hit-and-run Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Coram man has been indicted on charges that he struck and killed a 56-year-old jogger in a Mount Sinai hit-and-run crash last month, Suffolk County prosecutors said.Thomas Costa pleaded not guilty Wednesday at Suffolk County court to charges of speeding and leaving the scene of an accident without reporting.Prosecutors said the 31-year-old suspect hit Karen Benjamin, also of Coram, while she was jogging on Canal Road on June 23. The victim died of her injuries three weeks later.“It was the victim, Karen Benjamin, who told us who her killer was … in that her DNA was in the blood found on the BMW,” District Attorney Tom Spota said.After the crash, Costa allegedly drove his BMW with a smashed windshield and missing side view mirror to his parents’ house and told them it had been vandalized while he was in a Patchogue night club.Vehicle Crimes Unit detectives tracked the suspect down with the help of a witness who partially described the car, a forensic analysis of car parts at the scene and a canvass of the neighborhood that uncovered the car in the suspect’s parents’ backyard, authorities said.Costa is due back in court Aug. 6.last_img read more

RE/MAX Cairns holding auction of 8 homes at Whitfield chapel

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen2018: What is negative gearing?01:55IT will be standing room only at the Whitfield chapel tonight as eight properties go under the hammer.RE/MAX Cairns principal Tony Williamson said it was the biggest number of properties to be auctioned at one time since the business moved into the 47 Heavey Cr address at the beginning of last year.More than 80 people are expected to pack the former chapel. 47 Terminalia St, Redlynch 9 Melaleuca St, Manunda 4/12-14 Ireland Cr, Whitfield RE/MAX agent Ray Murphy has received a lot of interest in 20 Irene St, Mooroobool 108/2 Oliva St, Palm Cove 20 Irene St, Earlville 9-11 Evergreen St, Clifton Beach is up for auction.“I have got some people coming tonight looking to buy but who have not experienced an auction. It will be great for them to have a look, see what happens, what’s required, have a look at the process.”Mr Williamson said even if homes didn’t sell tonight, the auction was a step in the right direction to getting the best price for a property.“I always say to people if you die your things will be sold at a deceased estate auction, if you go broke it will be a mortgagee in possession auction — it is the first method of sale, no one can question a sale by auction,” he said. 12 Leftwich St, White Rock 9-11 Evergreen St, Clifton Beach center_img 59 Charles St, Innisfail SOLD BEFORE AUCTION 47 Terminalia St, RedlynchMore from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“It’s a good chance for the sellers to have the sales settled by Christmas.”But those hoping to bid on 47 Terminalia St, a spacious Redlynch home nestled in the rainforest with views over the mountains, are out of luck.The home sold today.Agent Cathy Ratcliffe said the buyers had shown interest in it the past few weeks and made a cash offer.“The owners bought it from me over two years ago and sold it for not far off what they paid for it which is great in this market which has certainly contracted a bit in that time frame,” she said. 9 Melaleuca St Manunda. Supplied by RE/MAX Real Estate Services“The house had been on the market with a price on it and it had two offers early on, before the vendors had moved south, which they weren’t keen on. But once the vendors moved south, they were great, they listened to what we were saying, and we got it staged, and talked about going to auction, so that’s what we did. “Since we made that decision it went off like a frog in a sock. From the beginning it was in a location that is popular with buyers. The outcome we got was really good. Agent Ray Murphy said 20 Irene St, Mooroobool, had attracted plenty of inquiries leading up to today.Mr Murphy has five properties up for sale tonight.“20 Irene St is in the right price bracket, it is on a big block, with a big shed, I expect there to be a fair bit of active bidding on that this afternoon,” he said.“This would have to be one of the biggest auctions in the chapel. It’s encouraging and a sign the market has more confidence. 22 Denver St, White Rock HOMES UP FOR AUCTION TONIGHT It is a tough market for the Cassowary Coast but agent Ray Murphy said 59 Charles St, Innisfail will sell.“In Sydney and Melbourne 90 per cent of houses on the market go to auction, Cairns has always had about 20 per cent. It’s a bit of an up and down market at the moment so it’s worth trying an auction. At worst all it does is delay pricing the property for three weeks.“What really annoys me is when agents list a property and sell it the same day, I always think, ‘did it go too cheap?’, ‘hang on did the owner undersell the property?’.“We want to make sure we get the right price for the sellers.”last_img read more

McIlroy Decidedly Lukewarm on Golf’s Olympic Return

first_imgAsked which competitions he would view on television, McIlroy replied: “Probably the events like track and field, swimming, diving, the stuff that matters.”None of the world’s top four golfers will play in Rio after Jason Day and Dustin Johnson also decided to opt out.Fourth-ranked McIlroy said he did not feel as though he was letting his sport down. “I didn’t get into golf to try and grow the game,” explained the 26-year-old. “I got into golf to win championships, and major championships.“All of a sudden you get to this point and there is a responsibiity on you to grow the game, and I get that, but at the same time that’s not the reason I got into golf.“I didn’t get into golf to get other people in the game but I get that…different people have different opinions.”McIlroy also believes golf needs a more rigorous approach to drug-testing to fall in line with other Olympic sports.“I’ve been tested by the IGF (International Golf Federation) once this year … but it was only a urine test. I haven’t been blood-tested yet. I, on average, probably get tested four to five times a year which is very little compared to the rest of the Olympic sports,” he said.“I’ve got to know a lot of athletes over the years and whether it be coming to their houses and doing blood and urine, I think drug-testing in golf is still quite far behind some of the other sports,” said McIlroy.“Blood-testing needs to happen in golf just to make sure it is a clean sport going forward. If golf wants to stay in the Olympics and wants to be part of the Olympic movement it has to get in line.”McIlroy, however, does not believe illegal substances can necessarily help a golfer. “I don’t really know of any drug that can give you an advantage all the way across the board,” he said. “There are obviously drugs that can make you stronger … and drugs that can help your concentration.“But whether there is something out there where it can make you an overall better player, I’m not sure.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy may not watch the golf event on television when it returns to the Olympics next month and hinted on Tuesday it was not one of the sports that would matter in Rio de Janiero.Unlike world number three Jordan Spieth, who said earlier in the day that he agonised over his decision to withdraw from the Olympics, McIlroy said he was fully comfortable with his choice to opt out of golf’s Games comeback after a 112-year absence.“I don’t think it was as difficult a decision for me as it was for him,” the Northern Irishman told a news conference ahead of the 145th British Open that starts on Thursday.“I’m very happy with the decision I made and I’ve no regrets about it. I’ll probably watch the Olympics but I’m not sure golf will be one of the events I watch.”last_img read more