13 men arrested during child solicitation investigation

first_imgMadison, IN — The City of Madison held a press conference yesterday regarding 13 men who were all arrested during an online investigation in Madison. Madison Police Department’s Crime Suppression Team began an online investigation in August, according to Madison Police Chief John Wallace. Wallace stated that many of the men arrested were from outside the city of Madison, traveling from Aurora, North Vernon, and even Michigan and Kentucky to meet with what they thought would be a minor. Chief Wallace added that the investigation, which has lasted over 300 hours so far, remains ongoing and more arrests are likely. Jefferson County Prosecutor David Sutter stated the 13 men arrested range in age from 24 to 63.Those arrested were:Bryton Wise, 26 of Lexington, Indiana: Charged with possession of marijuana, hash oil, or hashish; child solicitation; and sexual misconduct with a minor.Christopher Warren, 44 of Milton, Kentucky: Charged with child solicitation, possession of methamphetamine, and sexual misconduct with a minor.Jonathan Smith, 35 of Clarksville, Indiana: Charged with sexual misconduct with a minor, child solicitation, false informing, battery on a law enforcement officer, dissemination of matter harmful to minors, and resisting law enforcement.Michael Spradling, 30 of North Vernon, Indiana: Charged with child solicitation and attempted sexual misconduct with a minor.Travis Case, 27 of Madison, Indiana: Charged with sexual misconduct with a minor and child solicitation.Dillon Stewart, 24 of Madison, Indiana: Charged with providing obscene material/pornography to minors and child solicitation.Matthew Sowers, 47 of North Vernon, Indiana: Charged with sexual misconduct with a minor and child solicitation.John Barlett, 30 of Bloomington, Indiana: Charged with child solicitation and sexual misconduct with a minor.Adam Gaskins, 41 of Aurora, Indiana: Charged with possession of methamphetamine, sexual misconduct with a minor, possession of anabolic steroids, and child solicitation.Ray Bell, 57 of Madison, Indiana: Charged with possession of child pornography.Ryan Perdue, 37 of Scottsburg, Indiana: Charged with sexual misconduct with a minor and child solicitation.Dennis Mothersbaugh, 40, of North Vernon, Indiana: Charged with sexual misconduct with a minor, child solicitation, and resisting law enforcement.George Grosse, 63 of Hamilton, Michigan: Charged with sexual misconduct with a minor, possession of methamphetamine, and child solicitation.last_img read more

Syracuse offense finds unexpected contributors in transition

first_imgSometimes Syracuse’s best offense doesn’t come from its offense.In five of the Orange’s seven games this season, SU has received a point from its defenders. Most recently, against Duke on March 25, Joe Gillis provided a goal and an assist. Without Gillis’ aggressive play — the helper off pushing up a ground ball and the tally off an Evan Molloy save rushed up field — SU may not have found itself eventual 12-11 winners in overtime.“They got some run-outs (in transition), some 5-on-4s,” said Duke head coach John Danowski. “We allowed that to happen. … Most of us ride to sub, just to get our personnel on and off the field and re-sub. We subbed very poorly, and they took advantage.”Danowski is the most recently frustrated head coach at the Syracuse transition success. Short-stick defensive midfielder Paolo Ciferri put Syracuse up two goals early in the fourth quarter the week before against Johns Hopkins — a goal that proved valuable when the Orange coughed up three unanswered goals and then tied it up with 34 seconds to go. Pushing from the defense has jumpstarted SU’s offense at times this season and enabled the No. 4 Orange (6-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) to escape with five wins in its program-record six consecutive one-goal games. Strengthening the transition game became more of a focus for SU, senior attack Jordan Evans said, after studying game tape on a 14-13 win over Virginia on March 5.“As a team, we could take advantage of some more transition opportunities,” Evans said on March 9.”(Virginia) was a one-goal game, but there was a couple of stretches where we had a couple of transition opportunities where we were shooting it over the goal, or not making that extra pass where we could have had an easy score in front of the goal.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange has engineered a defensive rotation particularly adept at succeeding in transition. While defenders Scott Firman and Marcus Cunningham don’t often push up, they can. The pair also serves as ideal complements to Tyson Bomberry and Nick DiPietro. Bomberry, whose box lacrosse background provided him with some of the best stick handles Desko has ever seen, has a goal and assist. DiPietro rotates in depending on the situation with hyper-physical Cunningham to provide speed and finesse.The crux of the transition offense rests on Molloy, SU’s aggressive maestro. He turns saves into counter-strikes by unabashedly slinging 40-yard heaves to players leaking out to the midfield. In a normally risky play, Molloy usually makes the correct decision. Syracuse converts its clears at 92.1 percent, second-best in the nation.“We have the get the ball up out from the defense and all the way up,” junior midfielder Brendan Bomberry said. “That’s big for us. It’s a big momentum switch if we can get those goals in transition.”Brendan is also the closest thing Syracuse has to a two-way midfielder. When he’s caught on defense, he can push up the sideline alongside a defender or short-stick defensive midfielder. Against Albany on Feb. 18, that situation arose in a game when his cousin, Tyson, forced a turnover, started the attack, passed off to Brendan and ended the rush with a Bomberry-to-Bomberry feed for Tyson’s first career goal.The grab-and-go goal on the defensive half of the field has been stressed to the newest team members from the beginning. True freshman Jamie Trimboli acknowledged the expectation to counter hard on Jan. 26. “This year,” he said, “we’re taking it to a whole new level.” And, so far, he’s right.“(The defense) pushes the ball in transition when we need to and makes smart plays,” SU head coach John Desko said. “… They’re playing very well. We have to have their backs a lot more.” Comments Published on March 27, 2017 at 11:01 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse swaps Brendan Bomberry and Nick Mariano to further strengthen offense

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 13, 2017 at 1:14 am Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR In the middle of one of Syracuse’s best starts in program history, head coach John Desko asked two of his best offensive threats to swap positions.Against Duke on March 25, Nick Mariano switched from attack to midfield, and he felt comfortable because the senior has spent considerable time at both positions over the last four years between Massachusetts and Syracuse. Brendan Bomberry was less sure. The junior transfer had little experience on the attack. But Desko saw something.Mariano and Bomberry combined for five of SU’s 12 goals against the Blue Devils. In the next three games, Bomberry averaged two points per game and Mariano has had at least a hat trick in every contest.“Obviously, Nick Mariano is the alpha male offensively of this team,” ESPN lacrosse analyst Mark Dixon said. “Bomberry is more a pure finisher. He’s a shooter first, and when you’re a shooter first your best spot on the field is attack. Mariano is more of a playmaker. He’s a little bit more versatile. He can beat you off the dodge, he can come off screens, he can play the two-man game. … Your versatility guys play at the midfield.”The Orange’s (9-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) reconfiguration has sparked renewed offensive production on a seven-game winning streak that pushed SU to No. 1 in the nation for the first time in almost two years. Before the switch, Syracuse averaged 10.8 goals per game, excluding the season opener against Siena. Since, SU has poured in 13.8 per game against some of the nation’s better defenses. The Orange will be tested again Saturday at 4 p.m. in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, against the defending national champions. The No. 17 Tar Heels (6-5, 1-2) defense allows only 9.2 goals per game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU beat Cornell, 15-8, on Tuesday night, and will fly out Friday morning after practicing Wednesday and Thursday. The Orange won at Hobart, 17-11, in its only other short-week game this season.“John’s done a tremendous job,” Cornell head coach Matt Kerwick said after Tuesday’s game. “Honestly, I think this might be one of his best coaching jobs that I’ve seen him do. … They are just an efficient offensive team.”SU’s head coach said he flopped then-two of his three leading scorers because he wanted to maximize each of their skills: Bomberry’s lacrosse IQ and inside finishing ability, as well as Mariano’s athleticism and dodging. Desko also wanted to create problems.The defense could pick which four guys it wanted to pole between attacks Nate Solomon (24 points) and Jordan Evans (27), midfielders Sergio Salcido (37) and Jamie Trimboli (8) and Bomberry (26) and Mariano (40). Usually the defense selected Solomon, Evans, Salcido and Bomberry, and Desko liked those matchups.It left Mariano and Trimboli, “two very good offensive players,” getting short sticks. When teams double-pole the midfield, which has happened occasionally and Desko expects it to happen again, SU’s offense found itself with a short-stick defending its attack. Fine by Desko.“(Mariano) getting the shorty is a green light for him to have a day,” Salcido said.Bomberry adjusted to the switch by spending more time studying film with coaches because, as a midfielder raised on box lacrosse and partial to hanging out around the crease, he hasn’t had as much experience with long poles. But Bomberry downplayed the switch and said it hasn’t been difficult aside from shifting away from a mentality of being at the top of the offense.“They want me to (be around the crease) a little more,” Bomberry said. “I get away from that trying to be more of a dodger and feeder (on attack). The coaches just want me out there more, getting more touches.”Switching to attack actually provides Bomberry the freedom to freelance near the cage for “garbage goals”, Mariano said. The senior relearned transitioning back to midfield that he needs to play at the top more. Not that he’s complaining as his hands free up against short-sticks.Now, when the Orange starts its offense, the ball usually rests in Mariano’s stick with options swarming around him. Then there’s Bomberry, camped near the crease on attack.“We have a game plan,” Desko said. “That’s what I mean when I say we know who we are. We have a lot of strength on that first midfield right now. Our dodging is great.“When we see matchups,” he said, “we know how to attack.” Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse to play in Camping World Bowl against West Virginia

first_img Published on December 2, 2018 at 3:27 pm Contact Matt: mdliberm@syr.edu For more coverage of this season:Syracuse, Eric Dungey cap historic season with win at Boston CollegeRex Culpepper is Syracuse’s unofficial nutritionistSU fullback Chris Elmore is driven by his best friend’s deathAn uneven college path led Ryan Guthrie to SyracuseSchafer: Syracuse football is backHow a few kickboxing lessons redefined Kendall Coleman’s pass rush Comments After finishing the regular season at 9-3, its best campaign since 2001, No. 20 Syracuse will play  No. 16 West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl on Dec. 28 in Orlando, Florida. “We get to work on our tans,” SU head coach Dino Babers said. “Bring your sunscreen.”This game marks Syracuse’s (9-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast)  second trip to the Camping World Bowl. Its first ended in a loss to Georgia Tech in 2004. WVU (8-3, 6-3 Big 12) has become a regular through of the bowl, with Dec. 28 marking the Mountaineers’ fifth time playing in it, a Camping World Bowl record. The matchup between SU and WVU is certainly one that Syracuse fans are accustomed to seeing. The two paired up in Syracuse’s 2012 bowl trip, which ended in a 38-14 SU victory in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl and have long been Big East rivals before West Virginia moved to the Big 12 and SU transferred to the ACC in 2013. Syracuse currently holds a 33-27 edge over the Mountaineers all time. “We get to play an old rival and it should be one heck of a football game,” SU athletic director John Wildhack said. “It validates the season that we’ve had and it validates that we’re the second-best team in the ACC.”Syracuse had been tied with Oregon State for the second-longest drought, with its last bowl game coming in 2013 when the Orange beat Minnesota in the Texas Bowl.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange won its sixth game and clinched bowl eligibility on Oct. 27 with a 51-41 victory over North Carolina State in the Carrier Dome. And a win against WVU would give Syracuse 10 wins for just the seventh time in program history. “We’re honored to be in this position. Especially this senior class,” quarterback Eric Dungey said. “This is best-case scenario.”The Orange’s opponent, West Virginia, is led by quarterback Will Grier, one of the nation’s top quarterbacks, who finished top-five in passing yards per game, touchdowns, and passer rating. On top of that, the Mountaineers have proven to be one of the most prolific offenses in college football. West Virginia ranks eighth and ninth, respectively, in yards per game (520.4) and points per game (42.3) in the country. But, WVU’s regular season ended with two-straight losses to Oklahoma State and Oklahoma after entering the season as a potential playoff hopeful. West Virginia ranked as high as No. 9 in the College Football Playoff Rankings before losing to the Sooners and Oklahoma State. One factor that may play key for Syracuse is turnover within West Virginia’s program. WVU offensive coordinator Jake Spavital has been named the next head coach at Texas State. Spavital plans on coaching the Mountaineers in the bowl game. Heading into Sunday morning, Syracuse’s fate was up in the air with much of the media split between the Orange ending up in the Camping World Bowl or the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in the Bronx. Wildhack spoke with Camping World Bowl CEO Steve Hogan four times last week, Wildhack said, pitching SU’s case to play in Orlando. Many believed the decision to be between Syracuse and North Carolina State, as the Wolfpack are also 9-3, and located much closer to the Orlando site. “We played head to head, it was a great game, and we beat them,” Wildhack said. “And traditionally the Camping World Bowl takes the highest team available.”One of Wildhacks’ other pitches to Hogan, Wildhack said, was how well he believed Syracuse fans would travel to this game, citing crowds at SU’s previous road games. “We’ve got packages that are available now for our fans. We’ve got a large Florida alumni base. We got a large current base in Florida. We’ve got a number of fans who spend a good chunk of the winter down in Florida,” Wildhack said. “You can fly there direct from literally anywhere in the country. In so many ways it’s a great destination for our fans.”“If people feel that there’s a knock that we don’t travel well,” Wildhack said, “well here’s a chance to prove our critics wrong.” Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Bournemouth seek Christian Atsu for loan deal

first_img“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Everton for making me feel welcome during my time there this season,” Atsu posted on his official Twitter account. “The fans, the staff, my teammates have all been very supportive. Reports in the English media claim Bournemouth have made a move for a season long loan deal with Chelsea and are hoping to land the winger who is just ending a similar spell at Everton.Atsu was acquired by Chelsea in September 2013 for £3.5m from FC Porto but he is yet to officially feature for the club. The 23-year-old started just one game and played a total of 110 minutes in the Premier League for the Toffees. “I’m sorry that things didn’t work out for me but I must look forward and am keen to take the next step in my football career. God bless everyone.” He spent his first season as a Chelsea player on loan at Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem – a successful spell it was but the second in England and with Everton, for this just ended season, turned out more of a nightmare.center_img Ghana’s Christian Atsu could be joining Premier League entrant Bournemouth in a loan .deal next season. With no sign of a possible loan renewal, the winner of the Most Valuable Player at the 2015 Afcon with Ghana has thanked the Toffees for the time spent with the club this past season. It is expected that Chelsea who have no immediate plans to rope Atsu in their squad for next season would be keen for him to go out on loan again but to a club where he is more likely to play.–last_img read more

Lakers’ Julius Randle believes reduced weight will expand game, improve conditioning

first_imgThe moment left Julius Randle giddy, prompting the Lakers forward to wake up before his alarm rang on Monday morning.The Lakers began their summer league practices before the play in Las Vegas on Friday, which also marked Randle’s first organized practice since suffering a season-ending right leg injury in the Lakers’ first game of the 2014-15 campaign.“I could get through it a lot better than I was last time,” said Randle, whom the Lakers selected seventh overall in the 2014 NBA Draft. “I’m more mentally prepared and physically prepared than I was last year.”Randle reported losing 15 pounds by following the Lakers’ grass-fed food dietary initiative. He also has developed a mid-range jumper. “He’s a stretch four now and can shoot it. When he gets the ball off the rim, he’s pushing it as well,” Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson said of Randle. “He can (isolate) guys in the post. When you throw it in there, most times he’s getting the buckets. It will open up the game a lot for us.”Randle downplayed the difference between the small and power forward positions. “I can play all over the court,” he said. “I’m not really worried about it. At the end of the day, it’s a game I’ve been playing my whole life.”Point, counter pointThe compliments poured out of Clarkson’s mouth about Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell. “He can pass the hell out of the ball,” Clarkson said of Russell, whom the Lakers selected with the No. 2 overall pick of this year’s draft. “He makes the game a lot easier.”Russell sounded just as eager to dish an assist. “He seemed like an easy guy to play with,” Russell said of Clarkson. “He’s a fast-paced guard.”Russell and Clarkson will share backcourt duties both in summer league play and in the 2015-16 season. Russell will likely start at point guard, while Clarkson will come off the bench after making the NBA All-Rookie first team last season.“We’re going to compete,” Clarkson said. “But at the end of the day, we’re playing together.”The two also sounded determined to become a team leader. Russell encouraged Lakers rookie forward Larry Nance Jr. in Monday’s practice to take open shots. Randle also praised Russell’s playmaking, saying “he threw some stuff that surprised me.”“I can walk into a room with top players,” Russell said, “and still try to lead.”Clarkson reported having similar sentiments as he emerged with a larger role last season amid Kobe Bryant’s season-ending right shoulder injury after 35 games. “I have to continue to gain (respect),” said Clarkson, who spent this offseason adjusting his shooting technique and adding muscle. “I have to come in early and show these guys what the Lakers brand and basketball is about.”That could include Russell, who admitted needing to adjust to Byron Scott’s Princeton-based offense. “I’m not used to that,” Russell said. “But I feel like I can play in any system.”Taking attendanceLakers forward Tarik Black and guard Dwight Buycks were excused from Monday’s practice to attend a funeral. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

U.S. Open 2019: Jack Nicklaus tabs Tiger Woods as his favorite to win at Pebble Beach

first_img U.S. Open 2019: 5 storylines to follow at Pebble Beach Victory for the 43-year-old would see him tie Nicklaus and three other players on a record four U.S. Open crowns.He is now only three overall majors adrift of Nicklaus, who thinks the gap could become two at the venue where Woods won the same tournament by 15 strokes back in 2000.  Related News U.S. Open 2019: 5 holes where Pebble Beach will be won … or lost Tiger Woods is the favorite to win this week’s U.S. Open, according to Jack Nicklaus.Golf’s third major of the year begins at Pebble Beach on Thursday, with Woods among the top contenders after winning the Masters in April, ending an 11-year major drought to claim his 15th.center_img “Pebble is not a long golf course,” added Nicklaus. “Length is not the big issue there, the issue is being smart and not putting yourself in a position where [you can have] a double-bogey, it happens real quickly at Pebble Beach.”You have to put yourself in a position to take advantage of a hole when you can. The greens are tough to make putts on, but the guys have played a lot there and understand a little bit about what goes on there.”If I had one round of golf to play that that’s where I’ve always said that where I would want to go, so obviously I love Pebble Beach too. I won the Amateur there and quite a few other things, so it has had a special place in my heart.”Woods finished in a tie for ninth at the Memorial Tournament in his last outing a week ago. “I would think Tiger [Woods],” Nicklaus told Sky Sports when asked who was the favorite this week. “Tiger won there by a million the last time he won and he grew up around that area.”He is smart, so knows how to play there, so I think Tiger will play well. But a lot of the guys are playing well too, so it will be a good tournament.”Oh hey… Remember a certain Sunday here 19 years ago? pic.twitter.com/OypkH70GlJ— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 10, 2019Nicklaus warned all the players they would have to be on guard at a course where you can quickly find yourself in trouble, as Brooks Koepka looks to defend his 2018 title and add to his PGA Championship win last month.last_img read more

ANALYSIS: African soccer supremo Hayatou’s bid for eighth term

first_imgAddis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Issa Hayatou, the last of the old generation leaders in world football, faces a rare and determined challenge when he bids for an eighth term as head of the Confederation of African Football in Thursday’s election.Ahmad Ahmad, head of the Madagascar Football Assocation, has picked up key votes with his calls for “change” against the 70-year-old Hayatou.The Cameroonian official remains favourite but many African federations refused to say who they would back when asked by AFP.“Issa has never faced a challenge like this and he has had to call in some favours,” one CAF executive member said ahead of the vote at a congress in Addis Ababa.Hayatou has headed CAF since 1988 and is a senior vice president of FIFA. He has been credited with increasing the number of African teams at the World Cup and bringing in extra finance for the continent’s competitions.But he has also faced controversy, accused by a British newspaper of receiving $1.5 million to vote for Qatar when it was awarded the 2022 World Cup seven years ago.In 2011, Hayatou was reprimanded by the International Olympic Committee over money he received from the scandal-tainted sports marketing company ISL in 1995.He has always insisted the money went to CAF and has always strongly denied any wrongdoing. “Noone has been able to hurt him despite all the rumours of corruption,” a former top member of the FIFA world body management said.– Uncertain votes –Ahmad, 57, has also been implicated in the 2022 World Cup bribe-taking. The Sunday Times said he received between $30,000 and $100,000 for his vote. The Madagascar soccer chief has called the allegations unfounded.“If people want change there is no other choice. Only I can dare (to challenge Hayatou),” Ahmad told AFP during a recent interview at the Madagascar Football Federation offices in Antananarivo. “My programme is the reform of the administration of CAF to avoid the involvement of politics in the organisation,” he added.Ahmad is already a member of the CAF executive and he has been promised the support of the 14 member Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA).Zimbabwe Football Association chief, Philip Chiyangwa, who is also COSAFA leader, said: “We have all endorsed Ahmad Ahmad. We need new ideas.”In the group, South Africa has not publicly committed to vote for Ahmad.But an official from the Football Association of Malawi said, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP: “The thinking is that Hayatou has overstayed and has run out of ideas. Africa needs fresh minds to develop football.”In a sign of the furious lobbying going on, the influential vote of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and a football powerhouse, appeared in doubt. Nigerian Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick had wanted to vote for Ahmad. But the government has called for a vote for Hayatou.The 12-member Council of East and Central Africa football associations (CECAFA) which includes Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, South Sudan, Djibouti, and Somalia, voted a resolution in February to back Hayatou.But Kenya Football Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa said each federation would make their own decision in the election.An Egyptian Football Federation source told AFP that the country will vote for Ahmad. The source said “a small coalition” including Morocco, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Egypt will support Ahmad. But no official has estimated how many votes Ahmad will get and most say Hayatou remains favourite to win.FIFA leader Gianni Infantino visited Africa last month and met with Chiyangwa who is seen as one of the leaders of the anti-Hayatou camp.Infantino has embarked on reforms of the world body, seeking to redeem its image after the scandals that forced out past president Sepp Blatter and his one time ally Michel Platini. While many suspect he favours Ahmad, Infantino has not said publicly who he supports in the election battle.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more