Florida Lawyer Charged With Extorting N.F.L. Player in Robbery Case

first_imgMr. Baker, 23, whom the Giants selected as the 30th overall pick of the 2019 N.F.L. draft and started in 15 of 16 games in his rookie season last year, was charged on Aug. 5 with four counts of armed robbery and four counts of aggravated assault. He was released by the team in early September. On Monday, Broward County prosecutors dropped all charges against Mr. Baker.- Advertisement – The lawyer representing three men who accused two N.F.L. players of robbery and assault in Florida was arrested on Monday morning and charged with attempting to extort roughly $800,000 from one of the athletes in exchange for having his clients alter their testimony.Four men accused the players of robbing them at gunpoint at a cookout on May 13, but three of them later recanted their testimony and the fourth refused to answer prosecutors’ questions, according to a statement from the Broward County state attorney.- Advertisement – A spokesperson for the New York Giants declined to comment via email. Mr. Dunbar, 28, still plays for the Seattle Seahawks, but the team announced on Nov. 13 that he was out with a knee injury.The case against Mr. Baker unraveled as the men who accused him began to change their story, or became uncooperative altogether. According to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Dean came under investigation in August after information emerged that he was trying to extort Mr. Baker.“The alleged victims and the known witnesses have become uncooperative and their credibility is inalterably tarnished,” Assistant State Attorney Paul R. Valcore said in a statement on Monday. One of Mr. Baker’s accusers refused to answer questions, and prosecutors moved to have that accuser held in contempt of court, Mr. Valcore said. The charges stem from the incident in May in Miramar, Fla., where, witnesses claimed, three men robbed people at a cookout of $70,000 in cash and jewelry after one of the men pulled a gun. The witnesses identified New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker, Seattle Seahawks safety Quinton Dunbar and a man wearing a red mask as the perpetrators. The man in the red mask was never identified, and charges against Mr. Dunbar were dropped in August, according to The Miami Herald. – Advertisement – William DeanCredit…Broward County Sheriff’s Office William A. Dean, 50, the managing partner of the Florida law firm Ford, Dean & Rotundo, was charged in Broward County on Monday with soliciting payments for three clients in exchange for their changing their testimony or ceasing to cooperate with prosecutors. A woman who answered the phone at Ford, Dean & Rotundo said Mr. Dean was unavailable to speak. Further calls asking the firm for comment on Mr. Dean’s arrest resulted in the line being disconnected. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said on Monday that investigators believed that Mr. Dean wanted Mr. Baker to pay each of his clients more than $266,000 in exchange for either changing their testimony or refusing to cooperate further with prosecutors in the case. “Evidence in the case reveals that Dean told Baker’s attorney that his clients would do ‘anything you want, so long as the money is right,’” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.Mr. Dean was arrested by Broward County sheriff’s deputies and U.S. marshals in North Miami Beach early Monday morning.Citing a continuing investigation by the Broward State Attorney’s Office and the Broward Sheriff’s Office, a spokeswoman for Broward County declined to comment further about the case against Mr. Dean.Bradford Cohen, Mr. Baker’s lawyer, said on Monday that his client was the victim of a shakedown, and that Mr. Dean had originally sought $1.5 million. No money ever changed hands, Mr. Cohen said.“These guys wanted money to go away,” Mr. Cohen said of the men who accused Mr. Baker, noting that the accusers’ testimony changed over time. “I hope the N.F.L. will look at this case and let cases play out before they decide to suspend a player.”Asked why the case was filed against Mr. Baker when there supposedly were dubious witnesses, Mr. Cohen said: “Because it was a high-profile case. Your fame is a detriment when you have a criminal case against you.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

Indonesia exploring options to ease social restrictions

first_imgThe government is using research and surveys to explore ways to ease its large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), an official has said.”We’ve reported several concepts for restriction relaxations [to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo], including efforts and strategies to face challenges in the new normal,” the national COVID-19 rapid response task force chief, Doni Monardo, said in a teleconference on Monday.”So far, there’s no single institution that can say when the COVID-19 pandemic will end. There’s no certainty on when the vaccine would be discovered. So it is very plausible that we could live with COVID-19 forever.” Doni explained that the task force was conducting research and carrying out surveys to determine the perfect time for relaxing restrictions.”The President has also asked us to research which areas should be reopened,” he said. “Of course, there are areas that are categorized as green zones, but there are also provinces that have relatively few cases of the 34 [provinces] that are affected. However, data analysis and research are still very important to make sure that we do not make the wrong decisions on reopening regions and easing the PSBB.”Read also: ‘Let’s coexist with COVID-19’: Jokowi calls on residents to adapt to ‘new normal’ Doni said the government needed to also make sure that the public continued to follow health protocols in areas where restrictions were scaled back.It would also be necessary for the government to set up a team to monitor and evaluate the relaxation policy and make decisions on which regions would reopen, he added.”We also need to establish coordination between the central and regional governments so that each province, city and regency is ready.”Jokowi previously called for vigilance and caution amid plans to ease the PSBB in several regions after the central government began to relax the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) ban.“The easing of the PSBB measures should be done carefully and unhurriedly. Everything should be based on data and implementation in the field so as to ensure that the decision is in fact the correct one,” Jokowi said at the start of a Cabinet meeting last Tuesday.According to government data, there are at least 18,010 cases of COVID-19 and 1,191 fatalities in Indonesia.However, many have speculated that the government is underreporting cases, as reports from provincial administrations put the number of deaths at over 3,000.Topics :last_img read more

Jack Wilshere rates Unai Emery’s first season at Arsenal after top-four blow

first_img Skip Read More Top articles PLAY Full Screen Read More Metro Sport ReporterMonday 6 May 2019 5:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link185Shares Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Europa League glory now the target for Arsenal boss EmeryTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:16FullscreenEuropa League glory now the target for Arsenal boss Emeryhttps://metro.co.uk/video/europa-league-glory-target-arsenal-boss-emery-1919168/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘It’s been tough, it’s been frustrating,’ Wilshere added to Sky Sports.‘To pick up an injury was frustrating, but I know better than anyone what it takes to come back, and I’ve worked hard to come back and obviously got some more minutes at the weekend.‘I’m just taking it step-by-step, looking forward to each game as it comes.‘I wanted to come back before the end of the season just for my head and my confidence and to prove that I can come back.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Jack Wilshere rates Unai Emery’s first season at Arsenal after top-four blow Video Settings More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWilshere, who spent a decade at Arsenal before joining West Ham last year, said: ‘[Arsenal] obviously had a few opportunities to cement their place in there, but it wasn’t to be.‘But they’ve still got the Europa League, and that’s another way in if they don’t get in via the top four.‘But I think they’ve had a good year. I think they’ll be happy, the fans will be happy, and hopefully they can win the Europa League and end with a trophy.’Wilshere’s Arsenal career was ravaged by injury problems and his fitness struggles have continued at the London Stadium, with the midfielder playing just seven times for the Hammers this term. Coming Next Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More 1/1 Comment by Metro Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE About Connatix V67539 SPONSORED 1 min. story / Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has rated the Gunners’ season (Picture: Getty)Jack Wilshere believes his former club Arsenal have a had a ‘good’ season despite the Gunners almost certainly missing out on a top-four finish in the Premier League.Unai Emery’s side were above Tottenham and Chelsea in the table only last month but have endured a dismal run of form to drop to fifth.Arsenal lost three successive league matches before drawing to Brighton on Sunday, to effectively end their hopes of finishing in the top four.The Gunners can still qualify for next season’s Champions League by winning the Europa League, however, and have one foot in the final after last week’s 3-1 home victory over Valencia.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Read More Read More Advertisement Skip Adlast_img read more

England seniors off to a flier against the Scots

first_img19 Sep 2012 England seniors off to a flier against the Scots England displayed their ability to bounce back by beating Scotland 6-3 on the opening day of the Seniors Home Internationals at Southerndown in Wales. The Scots edged ahead 2-1 in the morning foursomes with only Tyrone Carter and Chris Reynolds gaining a point for England with a final green victory over Derek Murphy and Gordon MacDonald. The other two games went to the Scots as Ian Brotherston and Fraser McCluskey beat John Ambridge and new cap Doug Cameron 2 and 1 while John Fraser and David Gardner secured the same scoreline over Charles Banks and Andrew Stracey. But it was a different story in the singles with only Stracey tasting defeat by 1 hole against Gardner. Ambridge secured a solid 3 and 2 win over Brotherston, while Cameron gained his first international point by 2 and 1 over Fraser. Carter, who was unbeaten for England in the recent European Men’s Team Championships in Portugal, maintained his winning run with a 1 hole victory over Lindsay Blair, while Banks and Les Bruckner, another new cap, gained 4 and 3 wins over McCluskey and Murphy respectively. Scores and results from the Seniors Home Internationals can be found on the Golf Union of Wales website. Image Tyrone Carter Copyright Tom Ward.last_img read more

Panthers open camp with plenty of questions

first_imgPittsburgh’s Tyler Boyd answers a question during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football kickoff in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)PITTSBURGH (AP) — No concerns about calming the nerves of a roster rattled by constant change. No hand-wringing over a new conference.For the first time in Paul Chryst’s three years at Pittsburgh, the coach can focus on “important stuff.”Like finding a starting quarterback, for example. And while all indications are redshirt sophomore Chad Voytik is the early favorite to be under center when the Panthers open the 2014 season on Aug. 30 against Delaware, Chryst isn’t quite ready to name a winner in Voytik’s QB race with junior Trey Anderson.“I think it’s unfair to put that on guys right now,” Chryst said Monday after Pitt’s opening practice of fall camp. “Right now I think it’s more about Chad and Trey getting back into it.”Maybe, but Voytik sounds like someone who expects to be in the huddle for that first series against the Blue Hens.Asked if he feels like it’s “his” offense after spending two years watching Tino Sunseri, then Tom Savage take most of the snaps, Voytik nods his head.“I feel like I’m evolving into that role,” he said.Voytik provided what he hopes is a sneak preview last December, when Savage didn’t come out for the second half of the Pizza Bowl against Bowling Green. Thrust into the most extensive playing time of his brief career, Voytik ran for a touchdown and calmly guided the Panthers to the winning field goal with 1:17 to play in a 30-27 victory that pushed Pitt’s final record to a respectable 7-6.It was more than enough to convince budding star receiver Tyler Boyd that Voytik is up to the job that comes with being at the top of the depth chart.“It told us he was ready,” Boyd said. “He wasn’t afraid to step up and wasn’t running from it. … I felt like he was waiting for that time and when his time came, he showed out.”Generously listed at 6-foot-1 with quick feet that can help him work his way out of tough situations, Voytik isn’t unlike another Chryst-coached quarterback who thrived despite his lack of size. Of course, Voytik knows he’s got quite a bit of work to do to emulate former Wisconsin quarterback turned Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson.“Russell is a special player, you can’t take that away from him,” Voytik said. “He listened to everything that Coach was saying and applied it and he really balled out and you see him now. He carried over those same concepts and stuff and he’s rolling with it.”It will take quite some time before Voytik can say the same. Not that he’s ready to compare himself with Wilson anyway, even if he happens to wear the same number (16) Wilson adorned during his one season at Wisconsin.To be honest, Voytik is mostly looking to prove he can play. He remembers being ignored by other big-time programs because he’s not the most physically imposing player.“A lot of schools passed me up because of my height,” he said. “I think it definitely gives me an edge and it provides a chip.”The 6-foot Anderson can say the same. He played in four games as a freshman in 2011 but has thrown all of two passes in the last two years. He redshirted in 2013 and now finds himself in danger of being lapped by Voytik.There were no outward signs of an early favorite on Monday, though while a dozen reporters waited for Voytik, Anderson quietly made his way off the field largely unnoticed.Voytik is comfortable if he’s considered the one to beat. What he lacks in size the dean’s list student feels he makes up for with intelligence and athleticism. Besides, he’s spent most of the last two seasons holding a clipboard, watching tape and trying to absorb as much of Chryst’s multi-dimensional offense as he can.“I’ve learned under some good guys and got to see how they play the game,” he said. “I can put my own twist to it.”Pressed on what his own twist will look like, and Voytik points to the lessons he learned from Sunseri and Savage.“Don’t try to do too much,” he said. “Get the ball out of your hands and move the chains. Move the chains and eventually you’re going to score.”___Online: www.collegefootball.ap.orglast_img read more

Rumson Troop 201 Inducts Two Eagle Scouts

first_imgRUMSON – Stephen Farkouh of Tinton Falls and Andrew Tort of Rumson were recently inducted into the Eagle Scouts’ Court of Honor.Farkouh is a senior at Monmouth Regional High School in Tinton Falls. Tort is a junior at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft.Stephen Farkouh of Tinton Falls, left, and Andrew Tort of Rumson are now Eagle Scouts.They have worked together for many years in the troop, including leading their troop of 40 Scouts as senior patrol leaders. Having spent the last five years as fellow Scouts encouraging each other to complete their final Eagle Scout requirements and projects, Farkouh and Tort wanted to celebrate their highest achievement together.Farkouh’s project was an extensive cleanup and restoration of Monmouth Regional High School’s Preschool playground. Steve Didonato, Monmouth Regional High School administration, also an Eagle Scout, detailed Farkouh’s project during the Court of Honor. He praised Farkouh for his organizational skills, his tenacity and described the physical challenges that his project entailed. Didonato mentored him throughout the project and shared his and the school’s gratitude for the beautiful playground the children will now enjoy.Farkouh was assisted by members of Rumson Troop 201 and classmates from Monmouth Regional High School.During a Veterans Day ceremony at the historic bandstand in Rumson’s Victory Park, Tort noticed there was limited access to the bandstand for certain veterans and other physically challenged individuals who had to traverse a long grassy area to steps with no rails to reach the bandstand’s platform. After several meetings with the Borough of Rumson, Tort began his project to create a decorative paver walkway, landing pads and stair rails in Victory Park, making the bandstand more accessible.Under the mentorship of Guy Hembling of Hembling & Son who is also an Eagle Scout, and with the help of his fellow Scouts, family and friends, the bandstand now has a beautiful paver walkway with stair rails as well as beautified landscaping around the bandstand for future ceremonies.last_img read more

Thrills and Spills at Skimbash 2019

first_imgSEA BRIGHT – Sunny skies, warm temperatures and perfect waves blessed the 15th year of Skimbash, a weekend skimboarding competition held on Sea Bright’s beach, open to enthusiasts of all ages who compete in 15 different age divisions. There were also divisions for semi-professionals, professional women and professional men. Skimbash is organized by Felicia Stratton and Melissa Stevenson who document the action with live scoring. The September event was the kickoff for the Skim USA 2020 tour. Spectators who lined the beach both days to watch the action were treated to dolphin sightings, too. Photos by Alex Nazathlast_img

Saints serve up volleyball fundamentals in Salmo

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsHead coach Theo Friml, along with members of the Selkirk College Saints Women’s Volleyball team, traveled to Salmo earlier this month to run some of the Falcon players through a skills development camp.Girls in Grades 7 to 12 took part in the all day event, that included members of the Saints players Brittany Rudashy, Christana Livingstone and Megan Bursey. The camp focused teaching the kids skills such as passing, setting, serving and blocking. “It was a positive experience for our student-athletes passing on their knowledge and excitement for volleyball to these young aspiring players,”  Friml said.The Selkirk Saints Women’s Volleyball Team is looking forward to doing more for our local high school programs in the future. The Saints open the B.C. College Athletic Volleyball season later this month with a road trip to the Fraser Valley and Okanagan.First home game is November 5 against Douglas College at the Selkirk gymnasium in [email protected]last_img read more

ON THE BREEZE

first_imgNot as a twig drifting in the chaos of nothingNot as a plastic bag being whirled to nowhereNot as a wooden drum made of hide and sunNot as the live log fallen into the blue oceanOn The Breeze ………..I lay my cares for goodFree of the clutches of climbing forest ropesFree of the million biting ants in the red anthillFree of the chains that bound men to cast ironFree of the cruel brutality of man against manOn The Breeze ……..l direct my sail to glide onComfortable to look around and be at peaceComfortable to see faces flushed in real joyComfortable that equal rights has found a homeComfortable to disembark and walk every slumpOn The Breeze…….. I look above for more grace Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

San Beda sweeps Lyceum for 21st NCAA championship

first_imgNCAA Season 93 champions. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRobert Bolick threw Lyceum’s perfect season in the trash, leading San Beda’s 92-82 Game 2 triumph that completed the sweep of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball Finals and the Red Lions’ back-to-back title romp.Bolick proved to be the hero the Red Lions needed, firing seven points in the final 5:01, none bigger than his dagger three with 50 seconds remaining to push his side to a comfortable 89-82 lead.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort San Beda continued its dynasty as it annexed its 10th title in 12 years and 21st overall championship in men’s basketball.“(Lyceum) really wanted to win this game but (the San Beda players) were so excited. I’m happy that we’re able to settle down in the second half. Credit to my boys,” said coach Boyet Fernandez, who returned to the San Beda lair this season to win his third title with the school.Season MVP CJ Perez gave it his all in the decider, pouring 22 points, five assists, four rebounds, three steals, and a block, but Lyceum unfortunately suffered its first back-to-back losses this season at the wrong time and end its 18-0 season with a runner-up finish.Mike Nzeusseu got 15 markers, 15 boards, and two blocks, while Rookie of the Year Jaycee Marcelino had 12 points, four rebounds, three dimes, and two steals in the Pirates loss.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT SAN BEDA 92 – Bolick 18, Tankoua 17, Potts 15, Mocon 14, Soberano 11, Abuda 5, Bahio 5, Presbitero 3, Doliguez 2, Noah 2, Tongco 0, Adamos 0.LYCEUM 82 – Perez 22, Nzeusseu 15, Marcelino JC 12, Ayaay 7, Caduyac 6, Santos 6, Tansingco 5, Marcelino JV 4, Pretta 2, Serrano 2, Ibanez 1, Baltazar 0.Quarters: 17-22, 41-47, 65-66, 92-82.POST-GAME INTERVIEW Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles02:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Clark Sunset Marathon set He finished with 18 points, nine coming in the payoff period, together with six assists and five rebounds as he celebrated the victory like Lebron James in front of 14,693 in attendance.“Lyceum did a good job. If we could just give two championships, Lyceum and us should be the champions,” said Bolick.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFinals MVP Donald Tankoua registered another monstrous double-double of 17 markers and 17 boards, while Davon Potts finished off his collegiate career with 15 points and five rebounds.Javee Mocon bucked another off-shooting night to drop 14 markers, six boards, and three dimes while AC Soberano went 3-of-7 from three including one from the left corner with 1:22 left to put San Beda up, 86-82. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ View commentslast_img read more