Prosecutors: Murdered Homeless Man’s Skull ‘Unhinged’ After Beating

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A homeless man admitted to Suffolk County police homicide detectives that he killed another homeless man last month, prosecutors said Tuesday.Thomas Lamartina, 30, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder during his arraignment in Central Islip. Judge G. Ann Spelman called it a “hideous charge” and ordered Lamartina held without bail.The victim, 65-year-old Nicholas MacQueen, was found dead outside Emanuel Lutheran School on June 28.Prosecutors alleged that Lamartina repeatedly struck MacQueen in the head with a brick, causing his skull to become “unhinged.”Police first began investigating Lamartina after a dispute with his girlfriend. She called police and told them about the alleged murder, said his Hauppague-based lawyer, Craig E. McElwee.McElwee said he still didn’t have all the information on the case, but was told that Lamartina made a statement to police, “apparently on video.” Prosecutors said it was an admission.Lamartina was also accused of harassing his girlfriend.McElwee said Lamartina had just recently became homeless.last_img read more

Jean Chatzky: Find the high yields

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr How’s this for a riddle? What’s high yield, liquid and low risk? Nothing, you’re probably thinking — not in this market, anyway.But, in fact, a checking account may be the answer. According to new Bankrate research, the average high-yield checking account pays 1.66 percent. And Bankrate found 20 checking accounts that pay an interest rate of 2 percent or more. The accounts are offered by banks and credit unions, and nearly half are available nationwide.With the average 5-year CD yielding 0.86 percent, high-yield checking might appeal to you as a savings alternative. Locking your money up in a CD when interest rates are poised to increase in the not-too-distant future might be unappealing, as well. In fact, one of these checking accounts may well be an offer you can’t refuse, but first you should consider the fine print — and alternatives. Read on. continue reading »last_img read more

The Latest: American Kenin wins 2nd-round match at US Open

first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament:Reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin has won her second-round match at the U.S. Open against unseeded Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3.Seeded No. 2, Kenin had more winners than unforced errors and never faced a break point. The American has lost in the third round at the Open each of the past three years, and will try to snap that streak Saturday. The fourth day of play is underway at the U.S. Open, with Serena Williams, reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, Andy Murray and Dominic Thiem among those scheduled to take the court. Williams faces Margarita Gasparyan, who is ranked No. 117. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 76 degrees.___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Tsvetana Pironkova has pulled off an upset to reach the third round at the U.S. Open, her first tournament after a three-year break to focus on motherhood.Pironkova, who has no ranking because of her layoff, beat No. 10-seeded Garbine Maguruza 7-5, 6-3.A 32-year-old Bulgarian, Pironkova left the women’s tour to give birth to her son Alexander in April 2018. She is playing in her 12th Open but her first since 2016, and it’s her first tournament since Wimbledon in 2017.She finished with an ace for her 22nd victory against a top-20 player.___ ___Amanda Anisimova has won a matchup of American teenagers, rallying past wild card Katrina Scott 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the second round of the U.S. Open. The 19-year-old Anisimova, a surprise semifinalist at the French Open last year, steadied her game in the second set and pulled away. The 16-year-old Scott is ranked 637th and was coming off her first tour-level victory in the opening round Tuesday, when she made her debut in the main draw of a Grand Slam.Anisimova, who is seeded 22nd, won the girls’ singles at the Open in 2017.___ September 3, 2020 The Latest: American Kenin wins 2nd-round match at US Openlast_img read more

‘Welcome back’: Ferguson at United for first time since brain operation

first_img0Shares0000Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson waves to the crowd as he arrives at Old Trafford © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 22 – Alex Ferguson made an emotional return to Manchester United on Saturday for the first time since the club’s legendary former manager had emergency brain surgery.Ferguson, who managed United for 27 years, was left fighting for his life after being rushed to hospital in May. But the 76-year-old Scot has made a good recovery and a picture of Ferguson arriving at Old Trafford ahead of United’s Premier League clash with Wolves was posted on United’s official Twitter account on Saturday.The picture’s caption read: “Welcome back to Old Trafford, Sir Alex.”Ferguson’s return reached a crescendo when he arrived in the main stand six minutes before kick-off.He received a thunderous 60-second standing ovation from both United and Wolves supporters.Smiling broadly, Ferguson waved and applauded back at the fans, before clenching his fists in the salute that often passed as his goal celebration.Ferguson, accompanied by his wife Cathy, took his seat in the United directors’ box as the applause continued.Ferguson, speaking to MUTV, admitted it was a big moment to be back at the stadium where one of the stands is named after him in recognition of his incredible achievements with United.“I’m really good. Obviously it’s been a long journey and I’m gradually making steps forward, doing what my son tells me and what the doctors tell me, so, yeah, I’m really good,” he said.“I’m a bit nervous, to be honest with you, maybe a bit tense really because I think my last game was Arsenal back in April. It was a long time but it’s great to be back and I just hope we get a win today.The boss is back: Alex Ferguson gestures to the Old Trafford crowd © AFP / Lindsey PARNABY“It’s great to go back to the stadium and it’s going to be quite emotional for me when the game starts, things like that. It had to happen some time and I’ve been looking forward to it. The important thing was getting the right time and the right rest before coming to a game.“It’s bound to be emotional. Particularly when I take my seat in the box. That will be something, you know. I’ll be glad when it gets over and the game starts and I can enjoy it.”– ‘Great to be back’ –Asked about the messages of support he had received, Ferguson added: “It was unbelievable.“There were thousands of cards, and they kept arriving at Salford Royal Hospital. I’d left by that time but they kept coming and kept coming. The number of emails, texts and personal cards to the house, it was just amazing. It really was.“I’m overcome by it and overwhelmed by it.“Some of the doctors are here (as special guests) who did the operation and I thought it was the right thing to do. It’s great to be back.”Ferguson, who retired in 2013, won 38 trophies during a 26-year spell in charge of United, including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues.Prior to that he won 11 trophies with Aberdeen.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more