CBA harriers out to prove they’re still Shore’s best

first_imgStaff Writer By tim morris Tom Heath has been hearing the rumblings all summer. This is the year that the Christian Brothers Academy cross country team, which lost six of its seven starters including its invaluable leaders Tom Falvey and Nat Glackin from last fall’s nationally ranked state championship team, comes back to the pack. The year when the Colts can be had. The season opposing teams have been waiting for. “This is a new cast,” noted Heath. “Everyone is doom and gloom about CBA, saying that we’re no good. Everyone had better watch out. The kids have been working really hard.” The Lincroft team hasn’t won six straight Meet of Champions titles and been the dominant team in New Jersey for 30 years without being able to retool each year, and 2001 looks no different. The names are different, but the same resolve and motivation remain. Rumors of CBA’s demise may indeed have been premature. Remarkably, in the team’s first pre-season time trial, the Colts ran faster overall than last year’s state champions. Senior Jeff Peterson, the only returning starter, ran the second fastest trial ever, behind only Brian Kerwin, who was the 1999 state champion. “Jeff is real quiet and leads by his work ethic,” said Heath. “The team looks up to him because he was part of a national championship team (CBA’s indoor four-mile relay team). “Jeff has really, really good speed,” he added. “He hasn’t learned to run cross country yet. He needs to know what his limitations are and what his assets are.” When he does, look for Peterson to be a challenger in the major meets. Seniors Mike Durso and Jay Vitale have stepped up big and are the keys to the 2001 Colts. “They are the nuts and bolts of the team,” Heath pointed out. “They gathered everyone together in the summer to get them running. They are very excited about the season. It’s their time to shine. Their time to step to the plate.” Junior Angelo Petraglia and sophomores Will Melofchik and Patrick Ryan round out the team’s lead pack. “They have improved dramatically over last year,” said Heath. “I could not have imagined after the track season how far they have come.” While Peterson has been the team’s clear No. 1 at this point, there are only five seconds separating the second through the sixth runners. It’s that kind of depth over the years that has made CBA all but unbeatable. There’s more bad news for those who thought the Colts were down. Heath has “the best freshman team CBA has ever had by far.” It’s so good that Heath expects some of the ninth-graders to make the top seven on the team before the season is over. The talented incoming freshman class includes Peter Glackin (Nat’s younger brother) and Nick DiChiarra (whose brother Jeff starred on the ’99 state championship team), Connor Campanella and Brian Keating. Heath and his harriers are soaking up their new position as underdog and are anxious to prove everyone wrong. Just because there are six new faces on the scene, CBA has not lowered its expectations. “Our goal is be in the Top 25 in the country,” said Heath. “The kids are motivated by the people before them. Our seniors know the glory and satisfaction of the last three years and know it’s their turn.” The Colts will make their invitational debut on Saturday in Jersey City at the St. Dominic Invitational. Other important dates are the Shore Coaches Invitational (Oct. 6) and Holmdel Park; the Manhattan Invitational (Oct. 13) and Eastern States (Oct. 29), both at Van Cortlandt Park, the Bronx; Monmouth County Championships (Oct. 16) at Holmdel Park; Catholic Conference Championships (Oct. 27) at Warinanco Park, Elizabeth; Shore Conference Championships (Nov. 3) at Ocean County Park; the State Parochial A Championships (Nov. 10), at Holmdel Park; and the Meet of Champions (Nov. 17) at Holmdel Park.last_img read more

PNG and Solomon up for ‘Battle of the Wantok’

first_imgPhoto supplied. Caption:  Sothern Flames hard at training. Basketball players and supporters in Honiara are anticipating the friendly match to be full of actionsDescribed as “Battle of the Wantok” both teams will play three matches and the winner will receive a trophy sponsored by KSS Southern Flames.KSS Southern Flames are the three-time reigning champions of the PNG Men’s Basketball League (PMBL 2014 /2015/2016) and have been invited by the Solomon Islands Basketball Federation (SIBF) to play against the men’s national squad in their build up towards the up-coming FIBA Melanesia Cup in PNG, later in September.Led by well-known sports promoter and owner of Hekari Soccer Club in PNG, John Kappi-Natto and his wife Vonnie, the KSS Southern Flames are basketball’s equivalent of the top soccer and rugby clubs managed by the couple in PNG. Since joining the PMBL, the semi-pro league in PNG in 2014, KSS Southern Flames have dominated the competition, and are now looking to go a further fourth year running as champions.Vonnie Natto, who is also the GM to the visiting KSS Southern Flames team, explained in a recent visit to Honiara that they are looking forward to the trip.She thanked SIBF for the invitation and promised to make sure a good strong competition is set-up for all to enjoy.“We are looking forward to giving Solomon Islands a good game as part of their preparation for the FIBA Melanesia Cup 2017,” Vonnie explained in an email.“It will be a best of three matches and whoever wins two games will take the trophy donated by our group as part of our support towards Solomon Islands”.According to reports, this will be the second time the same basketball club visits Honiara. The last visit included a women’s team and it was during the basketball glory days of the mid-1990s’ when John and Vonnie brought over their maiden Souths Basketball teams. The couple continues to support sports in both countries.KSS Sothern Flames will arrive in Honiara on Tuesday 29 August, and will commence their quest in the “battle of the wantoks” on Wednesday at the Multipurpose Hall against the Solomon Islands Men’s national basketball squad starting at 5pm. They return to PNG on Saturday 2 September 2017.last_img read more

The Venezuelan conundrum

first_imgTaking a break from his summer vacation to consider the continuing and escalating crisis in our next-door neighbour, Venezuela, US President Donald Trump announced, “We have many options for Venezuela; and by the way, I’m not going to rule out a military option.”Against that background, the statement on Venezuela by the Chairman of the HoG Conference, Grenada Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, following the end of the 38th CariCom Heads of Government (HoG) Conference in Grenada, is salutary:  “We reaffirmed our guiding principles to the rule of law, respect for human rights and democracy, as well as the fundamental principles of non-intervention and non-interference in the affairs of states…Concern with the difficult economic and social situation in Venezuela, in particular the increase in violence and polarization between the Government and the Opposition and its effect on the people of Venezuela, and recognizing the need to find a solution for the present situation which ought to seek internally.”Calling for the Venezuelan Government and its Opposition to “resume dialogue”, Dr Mitchell reaffirmed that CariCom was willing to facilitate such a dialogue. Several members of CariCom are also members of the “Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America” (ALBA), which was a Venezuelan-sponsored Caribbean initiative extending the PetroCaribe oil facility into other economic areas to its members. The rest of Latin America, including the Organisation of American states (OAS), have also expressed their disquiet at the deteriorating situation in Venezuela – especially after the disputed results of the recent elections held by the Government but boycotted by the Opposition, to form a Constituent Assembly to revise their Constitution.Up to now, while it has long signalled it was seeking regime change in Venezuela since the Chavez presidency, with the destabilising effect any further deterioration of the Venezuelan crisis would have in the region, the US has tried to facilitate a regional response, especially via the OAS. Historically, because of the unfortunate fallout from previous US military interventions in the region, other Latin American countries are expected to oppose return to that tactic.As a next door neighbour of Venezuela, Guyana has to be especially concerned with the recent descent into an almost anarchical state in that country — which has the largest reserves of oil in the world, and is the third largest supplier of petroleum to the US. That such a country can reach a stage where hunger stalks the land and Venezuelans have to cross their borders into neighbouring countries – including Guyana – in a desperate search for food is an object lesson for us.Here, the present Government is unfortunately giving the impression that, with oil having been discovered off our shores, our assets and prowess in agriculture can be neglected, and even jettisoned. Venezuela was “flying high” when oil was above US0/barrel, and neglected agriculture and other areas of the economy that could have provided a diversified base. With oil now stubbornly below US, the Venezuelan Government has discovered that farming and other entrepreneurial activities cannot be turned on like an oil spigot. Once that expertise is discarded, it is very difficult to rebuild.In the meantime, scoffing at what he called President Trump’s “bluster”, President Maduro has offered to meet him on the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly Meeting next month. The White House later released a statement effectively denying the request: “Trump will gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela as soon as democracy is restored in that country.”The US Government has slapped a series of sanctions against Maduro’s administration in response to a crackdown on Opposition leaders and the recent election of the constituent assembly, but has held off from cutting back imports of petroleum products for fear of a blowback on its economy.Pre-empting US VP Pence’s six-day tour of Latin America, the community, which had criticised Maduro’s actions, blasted the US’ suggestion at a foreign minister’s meeting of the trade bloc Mercosur. The interests of the US and the region are best served by non-interventionary measures.last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton beats Ferrari front row to Mexico City win

first_imgDaybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown “I don’t mind. I love racing,” Hamilton said after climbing out of his car with a wave to the massive crowds at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. “This is a race I’ve wanted to win for some time. It came together nicely.”It came together because Hamilton overcame damage to his car floor from an opening-lap collision with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, and then managed an early tire change for a shocking 48 laps to drive away with a comfortable win over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Only Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas’ third-place finish denied Hamilton the season championship by the slimmest of margins. Hamilton needed to beat Bottas by 14 points, but picked up 10 instead while earning his 10th win of the season and 83rd of his career.That sends the championship to next week’s U.S. Grand Prix, where Hamilton has won five times since 2012. He clinched the 2015 title there. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, celebrates after his victory in the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)MEXICO CITY — Lewis Hamilton got the Mexican victory party he craved. He’ll have to wait another week for a sixth career championship.The Mercedes driver overcame Ferrari’s front-row start to win the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday, pushing him so close to the season championship that he’s all but guaranteed to win it next week at the U.S. Grand Prix in Texas.ADVERTISEMENT Verstappen had a miserable start before rallying to finish sixth.Driving aggressive after getting bumped off pole, the two-time defending race champion fell to eighth after the clip with Hamilton.Verstappen fought back to pass Bottas on the second lap, but suffered a tire puncture on the move when he touched Bottas’ front wing. The tire shredded off and Verstappen drove nearly an entire lap with a bare wheel as the field passed him by.“I always leave Max a lot of space,” Hamilton said. “That’s the smartest thing you can do.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Gago’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust “It’s been a good hunting ground for me,” Hamilton said of the Texas race.But Mexico City was a big prize he badly wanted.Hamilton had won the 2017 and 2018 championships here, but fared poorly in both races and didn’t make the podium either time. Drivers call the Mexico City winners’ celebration the biggest and wildest of the season, and Hamilton hadn’t stood there since his victory in 2016.“You could see someone else on the podium celebrating the win and you wanted to do that,” Hamilton said.Leclerc and Vettel had started 1-2. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen had been stripped of pole position for driving too fast under a yellow flag after Bottas’ crash in the late stages of Saturday qualifying.ADVERTISEMENT Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee That penalty also let Hamilton start third with a chance to chase a win and the championship.Ferrari protected the lead from the start as Vettel moved to edge out Hamilton on the long opening straight. Hamilton then fell to fifth after tangling with Verstappen on the second corner as they bumped tires and both cars went into the grass.Hamilton’s tire change on Lap 23 proved pivotal as he inched toward the front, but it wasn’t without worry.“It feels like we stopped too early,” Hamilton radioed his garage. “This is a long way to go on these tires, man.”Ferrari split its pit strategies with Vettel stopping once and Leclerc twice. Both drivers yielded the lead for fresh tires. Leclerc finished fourth.“I think we were confident if we split the cars we would cover both options,” Vettel said. “Neither (Mercedes) or us expected their tires to last that long.”And Hamilton just kept going.“He was cruising,” Vettel said. “Our strategy could have been sharper.”Bottas earned his podium in a car that had to be repaired overnight after his hard crash in qualifying. His pushing Vettel from behind late in the race helped ease pressure on Hamilton at the front.“The car felt good, as good as before the crash,” Bottas said. “I had a small headache in the morning. I don’t know if that was the tequila or the crash.” LATEST STORIES DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees ‘People evacuated on their own’ Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Arsenal captain Xhaka rages against fans in draw with Palace View commentslast_img read more

FSJ Hospital Foundation officially launches “Be an Angel” campaign

first_img– Advertisement -The Foundation says that donors contributing $20 or more will receive a charity tax receipt and an Angel pin, compliments of Paladin Inspection. Donors that are giving In Honour or In Memory of a loved one will be able to fill out a paper ornament that will be hung on the Angel Tree in the Hospital lobby.The Gala still has 70 tickets remaining to be sold. Tickets are $100 each. The Gala takes place this Saturday, November 5, 2016.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Today officially marks the start of the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation to “Be an Angel” campaign.The goal is to raise $250,000.00. The Foundation says the money will be used to purchase medical equipment that isn’t covered in the budget.“Funds raised will purchase medical equipment that will fulfill an emerging need, and enhance patient care and comfort at the Fort St. John Hospital and Peace Villa Care Facility. With funds raised from last year’s campaign, various pieces of equipment were purchased such as a breast biopsy attachment for the CT scanner, a hysterscope, a gastroscope, and a dialysis treatment chair.”You can donate through one of the following ways throughout November. At the “Be an Angel” Gala, November 5 at the Pomeroy Hotel, tickets are still available.An invitation to give via mail, with postage sponsored by Fort MotorsIn donation drop-boxes at all six financial institutions (Bank of Montreal, CIBC, North Peace Savings and Credit Union, RBC, Scotia Bank, TD Canada Trust)On the Foundation’s website: During Moose FM’s Light a Moose radio-thon, November 16-18 at the Unforgettable Memories Foto Source parking lotBuying an Angel ornament at the Foundation’s office, located in the FSJ Hospital lobbylast_img read more


first_imgA Donegal dance group is to represent Ireland in the World Crew Dance Championships.Algorythms, the adult dance group from Fox N Crew, based in Letterkenny, will head to the UK in May to compete against some of the top dance crews in the world.This is an amazing achievement as hundreds of Ireland’s top champion crews flocked to the qualifiers in hope to get the chance to represent their country at the highest level. However Algorythm’s Ashley Fox, Dario McCormack, Rachael McGettigan and Shannon Halligan did just that by dazzling spectators and the judges with their top class routines and their originality.Not only will this crew be dancing against the worlds top dancers, but they will also be competing against their ideals, with members of the well known UK crews including Diversity and also Unity.Fox n crew has been branded one of ireland’s top dance schools, specialising in all styles of hiphop/street and modern dance, taught by a trained professional and qualified dance teacher.Recent years have seen dancers from this school win thousands of trophies from Irish championships, many firsts in world championships in Poland, Germany, UK, contestants on the all Ireland talent show and winners of RTE supercrew, where one of our younger dancers worked alongside Jedward, Louis Walsh and Linda Martin in a production held the Olympia Theatre, Dublin. Teacher Kim Fox said all the club’s attention will now be focused on May and doing their best at the world championships. DONEGAL DANCE GROUP TO REPRESENT IRELAND IN WORLD CREW CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: February 7th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AlgorythmsFox N CRewWorld Crew Dance Championshipslast_img read more

Millwall v Cardiff live stream and confirmed line-ups

first_imgYOU CAN LISTEN TO MILLWALL V CARDIFF ON TALKSPORT 2 AT 7:45PM. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE ONLINECardiff will be looking to keep in touch with the Championship’s automatic promotion spots with a win at Millwall tonight. Neil Warnock’s side will go into the game with their tails up aftera 4-1 thrashing of Leeds last weekend. However, they will be wary of a Millwall side who have not lost in their last four league games, which includes a 2-0 triumph at Reading last time around. So how do both sides line up for the Championship’s Friday night clash? Scroll down to see the confirmed team news.Millwall XI: Archer, Romeo, Hutchinson, Cooper, Meredith, Wallace,Tunnicliffe, Saville, Marshall, Gregory, MorisonSubstitutes: Martin, McLaughlin, Williams, Cahill, Onyedinma, Elliott, ShackellCardiff City XI: Etheridge, Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett, Paterson, Grujic, Ralls, Mendez-Laing, Madine, HoilettSubstitutes: Murphy, Peltier, Zohore, Pilkington, Halford, Damour, Ward The hosts are ten points off a spot in the play-offs 1last_img read more

The names of the lost echo over ground zero

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK (AP) — Clutching photos to their hearts and blowing kisses to the sky, tearful loved ones of Sept. 11 victims recited a 3 1/2-hour litany of the lost Monday, the names echoing across an expanse still largely barren five years after terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center. At the Pentagon and on a windswept Pennsylvania field, and in simpler, quiet moments in airport security lines, at churches or by themselves, Americans paused to reflect on the worst terrorist act on U.S. soil. The centerpiece of the commemorations was the mostly barren 16-acre expanse at ground zero, where four moments of silence were observed to mark the precise times jetliners crashed into the twin towers and the skyscrapers crumbled to the ground. The achingly familiar task of reading the names of the 2,749 trade center victims fell this year to their husbands, wives and partners, who personalized the roll call with heartbreaking tributes to the loves of their lives. “If I could build a staircase to heaven, I would, just so I could quickly run up there to have you back in my arms,” said Carmen Suarez, wife of city police officer Ramon Suarez, killed five years ago at the World Trade Center. And this from Linda Litto, who lost husband Vincent Litto: “As I said 31 years ago tomorrow, I will love you and honor you all the days of our life. Happy anniversary, my love.” On a crisp, sunny day not unlike the morning of the attacks, family members descended into the pit 70 feet below ground where the towers stood, tearfully laying wreaths and roses in the skyscrapers’ footprints. The mournful sound of bagpipes, so familiar from the seemingly endless funerals that followed Sept. 11, echoed across ground zero after a choir performed the national anthem. The ritual has changed little since the first anniversary of the attacks, and in many ways the site has remained the same as well. Squabbles over design and security have caused long delays in the project to rebuild at ground zero. Only this year did construction start on a Sept. 11 memorial and the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower, which is not expected to be finished for five more years. President Bush laid a wreath at the Shanksville, Pa., field where United Flight 93 crashed, and privately greeted relatives of the 40 people killed there. Standing without umbrellas in a cold rain, he and first lady Laura Bush bowed their heads for a prayer and the singing of “Amazing Grace.” “One moment, ordinary citizens, and the next, heroes forever,” retired Gen. Tommy Franks said, alluding to the Flight 93 passengers who apparently fought the hijackers and forced them to crash the plane into the ground. “We mourn their loss, to be sure, but we also celebrate their victory here in the first battle on terrorism.” The president ate breakfast with New York firefighters, and a day earlier walked ground zero and laid wreaths in reflecting pools that symbolized the north and south towers. After visiting Shanksville on Monday, the president and first lady placed a wreath near a plaque on the outside of the Pentagon, where American Airlines Flight 77 claimed 184 lives and tore a gash in the building. Bush appeared teary-eyed as he greeted victims’ family members around him, and he could be seen mouthing “God bless you” as he embraced them. At an observance near the Pentagon, Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld strode side-by-side to a speaker’s platform. Rumsfeld appeared to struggle with his emotions as he recalled the day of the attacks, and Cheney vowed resolve: “We have no intention of ignoring or appeasing history’s latest gang of fanatics trying to murder their way to power.” The day was marked with reminders of the sometimes tense new reality that settled on the nation, and particularly its transportation systems, after the attacks five years ago. New York’s bustling Pennsylvania Station was briefly evacuated because of a suspicious duffel bag that turned out to be holding only trash. And a jet bound for San Francisco was diverted to Dallas after a backpack and handheld e-mail device were found on board. Both items were pronounced harmless. And lest anyone forget the terrorists responsible for the day, al-Qaida’s second in command warned of forthcoming strikes in the Persian Gulf and against Israel in a new video Monday. It was one of three al-Qaida videos released around the 9-11 anniversary. One showed images of the fuel-laden jets striking the trade center, and in another Osama bin Laden smiled and chatted with the plotters of the attacks. At Boston’s Logan Airport, security screeners wearing wristbands that read “We will never forget” stopped checking passengers for a moment to mark the anniversary, and travelers waiting in line _ another legacy of the attacks _ paused to join the tribute. At Dallas Fort-Worth International, speakers at a ceremony paused intermittently as jets roared overhead, and an employee choir sang “God Bless America. Ceremonies around the country inevitably included salutes to police and firefighters. Outside an elementary school in Mascoutah, Ill., not far from Scott Air Force Base, Lt. Col. Jim Williams attended a Sept. 11 ceremony but said the first responders were the true heroes of the day. “I’m in the military and defend the country, but only in certain times,” he said. “They do this every day.” In Akron, Ohio, firefighters rolled their trucks out of their garages and sounded their sirens for 30 seconds at the moment the south tower of the trade center collapsed, and again a half-hour later for the north tower. Dave Johnson, a 69-year-old retiree, was completing his daily walk along Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and said he worried the nation had grown less vigilant over the five-year span. “It changed everybody’s life, even if they don’t admit it,” he said. The families of the nearly 3,000 people killed five years ago made their way through the anniversary as best they could, the rituals now familiar but never easier. Among them was the family of Candace Lee Williams, 20, who was on American Flight 11, the first plane to hit the trade center. Her mother, Sherrie Williams, remains haunted by the way her daughter died, but comes to ground zero every year “to keep her legend alive.” Sherrie Williams and her son begin the way by visiting Candace’s grave in Danbury, Conn., covering it with yellow roses, her favorite. Then they get on a train and travel to lower Manhattan. And so the mother found herself at ground zero on Monday morning, holding a large, framed photo of her blonde, blue-eyed daughter. “It’s so hard to believe the five years have passed,” Sherrie Williams said. “She would have been 25. She wanted to do so much with her life.”last_img read more


first_imgWEATHER forecasters are today divided again about whether or not we will get snow today.BBC Northern Ireland insist it will hit east Donegal and Inishowen this afternoon with up to 15cms, while Sky is reporting something similar the west of the county will get a dusting as well.RTE however reckon it will be Sunday before we get any significant snow falls – with possibly more next week. Go figure….or should that be: Snow figure!SNOW LATEST: FORECASTERS DIFFER AGAIN OVER DONEGAL SNOW was last modified: March 11th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Burglars strike Highland High

first_imgPALMDALE – Burglars struck Highland High School over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, breaking into three classrooms and taking at least seven laptop computers. An off-duty Sheriff’s Department civilian volunteer spotted the burglars and followed their vehicle, which the thieves abandoned before they fled on foot, sheriff’s officials said. “We had a couple of classrooms broken into and had computers stolen. There was some vandalism,” Principal Stacy Bryant said. “Right now we are assessing the damage and trying to figure out a monetary amount.” Sheriff’s officials said the burglars were described as male juveniles, who escaped Saturday night despite a search by deputies on the ground and by helicopter of the neighborhoods east of Highland High. Deputies impounded their getaway car and recovered two stolen projectors, Deputy Daryl Bonsall said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Bryant suspected that the thieves were students. Door handles were ripped off and other vandalism occurred inside the classroom, but details were withheld pending the investigation. “We are checking the rest of the classrooms to make sure we have an accurate accounting to find out exactly what was done,” Bryant said. “Security is currently interviewing students who might have had access to or information about the perpetrators.” A local church uses the campus for services on Sunday, and typically teachers are at the school during the weekend. “We are asking some of the church folks if they saw or heard anything odd,” Bryant said. The school was hit Sept. 26 with arson and graffiti vandalism that caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Four teenage boys were arrested in that case. They along with a fifth boy also were arrested on suspicion of breaking windows and spray-painting graffiti at Juniper Intermediate and Summerwind Elementary schools over a three-month period beginning in July. The first suspect arrested was a 16-year-old Highland student, who was turned in by his mother. She brought him to school tardy and recognized a moniker in the graffiti, sheriff’s deputies said. (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more