Trial in 2017 Iowa killing again postponed, moved from Mason City

first_imgFORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — The trial of an Indiana man accused of killing a Fort Dodge woman scheduled to start this week in Mason City has again been postponed and moved.The trial for Phillip Williams was to start Monday in Mason City, but a judge granted his request Tuesday to delay and move the trial. That came after Williams’ attorney objected to the composition of the jury pool, which had only one African American. Williams is black.A new trial date and venue have not yet been set. His trial had been moved last year to Cerro Gordo County from Webster County to avoid pretrial publicity.Williams has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the August 2017 death of 26-year-old Jessica Gomez. Gomez’s burned body was found in a ditch near Clare on Aug. 12, 2017. Williams and Mackenzie Knigge have been charged in Gomez’s death.last_img read more

Police say Mason City business helps older customer avoid scam

first_imgMASON CITY — Mason City police say employees of a local business came to the rescue of a customer who had been tricked into a scam. The Police Department’s Mike McKelvey says the employees became suspicious when an 82-year-old customer came in and tried to purchase $500 gift cards, with an employee interrupting the scam and calling police. Police then went to the customer’s house, where they found a suspect had called numerous times, with the caller ID showing the number’s area code had originated from Jamaica. The officer spoke to the caller who was very adamant that they wanted to talk to the resident, with the caller continuously hanging up on the officer but continued to call back repeatedly requesting to talk to the resident. McKelvey reminds people, especially older people who are mostly targeted for these types of scams, that: if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is; scammers prefer you purchase gift cards and pre-loaded credit cards to complete requested transactions, since they’ll ask for the card number and pin number and then drain the card’s worth electronically. McKelvey says if you aren’t sure about a situation, contact a trusted family member, a personal banker or local law enforcement before complying with the caller’s instructions.last_img read more

Wright County COVID-19 cases jump by 40 — immediate listening area total increases to 148

first_imgDES MOINES — Wright County saw 40 more cases of COVID-19 confirmed over the 24-hour period between 11:00 AM Wednesday and 11:00 AM Thursday according to the latest statistics from the Iowa Department of Public Health. That brings the total for the county to 65.Eight other confirmed cases have been confirmed in our immediate listening area — four in Hancock, and two each in Kossuth and Winnebago. One case was reduced from Cerro Gordo County and reassigned to another county’s total.The total number of cases in our listening area now is at 148 — the 65 in Wright; 19 in Cerro Gordo; 14 in Butler; 11 in Flory; nine each in Hancock and Winnebago; seven each in Franklin and Kossuth; four in Mitchell; and three in Worth. 54 area cases have recovered, three more than reported on Wednesday morning.Looking at the state numbers, 20 more deaths were reported for a total of 403; 420 new cases were confirmed for a total now of 15,954; 269 more people have recovered to bring that total to 8505.last_img read more

Miya the hero as Uganda finally breaks Nations Cup jinx

first_imgMiya goal the differenceAfter 38 years littered with near misses to qualify for the biennial African football showpiece, some Ugandan players raised their arms and others sank to their knees as the final whistle sounded.Dominant against a limited Comoran team, Uganda took the lead on 35 minutes through Belgium-based teenage midfielder Farouk Miya.He had a shot parried by outstanding goalkeeper Ali Ahamada in a one-one-one situation, but got a second chance from the rebound and fired into the net from close range.A tension-easing second goal eluded the home team, however, as they remained on top during the second half at the Mandela National Stadium.Burkina Faso and Uganda join Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, Zimbabwe and hosts Gabon as qualifiers for the 2017 Cup of Nations.The remaining three places will be filled later Sunday with Benin, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Liberia, Togo and Tunisia the contenders.In matches that had no impact on qualification, Congo beat Guinea-Bissau 1-0 in Brazzaville and Zambia and Kenya drew 1-1 in Ndola in Group E and Malawi beat Swaziland 1-0 in Blantyre in Group L.Group DB. Faso       6 4 1 1 6 2 13Uganda      6 4 1 1 6 2 13Botswana   6 2 0 4 5 8 6Comoros     6 1 0 5 2 7 3Table of 2nd best placed teams 3C Benin63211210+211 Full-time Uganda 1-0 Comoros and Uganda qualifies for African Cup of Nations 2017. We last did this in 1978. Congratulations!!!— Uganda FA [FUFA] (@OfficialFUFA) September 4, 2016 PosGrpTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification AFCON lineup completeBurkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Togo, Tunisia and Uganda on Sunday filled the final five 2017 Africa Cup of Nations places that were up for grabs.They will join Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, Zimbabwe, all of whom qualified before the final round, and hosts Gabon at the tournament next January.On a dramatic final day of qualifying, Togo scored five goals, DR Congo and Tunisia four each and Burkina Faso won with a goal nine minutes into stoppage time.But no celebrations could match those of Uganda, whose last of five appearances at the African football showpiece was in 1978, when they finished runners-up to hosts Ghana. 1D Uganda (Q)641162+413Final tournament 8M Mauritania622265+18 9L Swaziland622269−38 4J Ethiopia63211114−311 5B Central African Republic6312911−210 11H Mozambique621357−27 Congratulations the Cranes https://t.co/BTYan9RoVZ— Kalusha Bwalya (@KalushaPBwalya) September 4, 2016___________________________________________________________________SUMMARY_______________________________________________________________Uganda will play in the Africa Cup of Nations finals for the first time since 1978.After several misses, Belgium-based Farouk Miya put Uganda Cranes ahead in the 35th minute in their make or break tie against Comoros at Mandela Stadium Namboole.They held on to momentarily hold top spot in the group, before qualifying as one of the 2nd best teams. Burkina Faso were struggling 1-1 up and were given up to 10 minutes of extra time, from where they snatched the winner against Botswana.Only one other second placed team can match the 13 points that Uganda has now.#MujjeTulumbe Tweets The Uganda team that faced Comoros. PHOTO FUFAUganda ends 38-year wait, Burkina also qualifyBy Independent Writer and AFPUganda secured an Africa Cup of Nations tournament place for the first time since 1978 and Burkina Faso also qualified from Group D after a dramatic climax Sunday.Burkina Faso scored nine minutes into stoppage time in Ouagadougou to edge Botswana 2-1 and top the standings on the head-to-head rule after a match in which three players were red-carded.Uganda defeated the Comoros 1-0 before a capacity 45,000 Kampala crowd to finish second and clinch one of the two places reserved for the best runners-up.Burkina Faso and Uganda finished with 13 points each in the six-round mini-league, Botswana collected six and the Comoros three. 10K Burundi621379−27 Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 6F Cape Verde6303117+49 ___________________________________________________________________Kick off 5pmLine up: Onyango; Wadada, Jjuko, Isinde, Ochaya; Aucho, Mawejje; Luwagga, Miya, Oloya; Massa (C)Referee blows whistleKick-off – Uganda 0 Comoros 0 ___________________________________________________________________15′   0-0 Uganda pressing, but Comoros containing.___________________________________________________________________30′ 0-0 Uganda has majority possession, but the goal still far away. Ochaya hits bar…but from offside position.  Group leaders Burkina Faso just gone 1-0 up against Botswana. That is a race for the top spot in group, Uganda still qualifies with a win.35′ 1-0 Uganda takes lead in 32nd minutes through Farouk Miya. GOAL_________________________________________________________________45′ Half time. Uganda goes into the break 1-0___________________________________________________________________Tweets about @UgandaCranes 7E Congo623197+29 _________HALF TIME_________________________________________________00′  2nd Half kicks off. Comoros go on an early offensive___________________________________________________________________60′ Uganda 1 Comoros 0. Emma Okwi in for Luwagga as Micho tries to raise the pressure___________________________________________________________________75′ Uganda steps up the pressure, piling up several corners but score remains 1-0. Uganda needs another goal to settle it in the last 25 mins._________________________________________________________________90′ FULL time Uganda 1 Comoros 0… Reports indicate Burkina Faso being held 1-1 which means Uganda tops the group. 2A Togo (Q)6321114+711last_img read more

Matic and Mourinho back together at United

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Serbian international midfielder Nemanja Matic signed for Manchester United on Monday from Premier League champions Chelsea, the buying club announced, for a reported fee of £40 million ($52.7m, 44.7m euros).It is the second time United manager Jose Mourinho has invested in the 28-year-old’s talents having brought him back to Chelsea in 2014 after a successful spell with Benfica.Matic signed a three-year contract with United with the option to extend it by a year.“Nemanja is a Manchester United player and a Jose Mourinho player,” Mourinho told the club website.“He represents everything we want in a footballer: loyalty, consistency, ambition, team player.“I would like to thank him for his desire to join us because without that, it would be impossible to have him here. I am sure our players and supporters will love him.”Matic played just 65 minutes for Chelsea in his first period at the club before being part of the deal that saw David Luiz move to Chelsea and him move in the opposite direction to Benfica in 2011.He said Mourinho’s presence at United had made it an easy decision.“I am delighted to have joined Manchester United. To work with Jose Mourinho once again was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down,” he told the club website.“I have enjoyed my time at Chelsea and would like to thank the club and the fans for their support. I cannot wait to meet my new team-mates and to start training with them.“This is a very exciting time for the club and I am looking forward to playing my part in creating more history for this great club.” Matic’s arrival takes Mourinho’s spending to almost £150m in the close season having outlaid £31m for Swedish defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica and £75m on Belgian international striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton — though that could rise to £90m with add-ons.Ironically Lukaku’s deal almost put a spike in Matic’s transfer to United as Chelsea had ear-marked the striker as their number one target and were not best pleased when he was snatched from underneath their noses.At one point it was thought the Serbian, who had found life increasingly difficult at Stamford Bridge competing with French star N’Golo Kante for the central midfielder role, would end up at Juventus instead.However, once United were quoted £50m for England defensive midfielder Erik Dier by Tottenham they switched their attentions back to Matic and Chelsea relented.Matic enjoyed a far happier second spell at Chelsea than his first one, winning the Premier League title twice and while never a prolific goalscorer he scored one of the goals of last season in the FA Cup semi-final win over Spurs at Wembley.In all he scored seven times in 154 appearances for Chelsea.“The Serbian departs Stamford Bridge having played a pivotal role in two Premier League title triumphs, as well as winning the League Cup with the Blues,” said Chelsea in a long farewell statement.“These trophies all came in his second spell at the club, after re-joining Chelsea in early 2014 to add steel and strength to the midfield.“We thank Nemanja for his fantastic service and wish him well for the future.”Mourinho’s spending may not be over yet as he is known to cherish Croatian winger Ivan Perisic who is at Inter Milan but United baulked at the initial demand of £48.5m although they hope the Serie A side might lower their price. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

COSAFA: Uganda, South Africa book semifinal spots

first_imgUganda Hippos’ Stephen Mukwala tries to dribble past Hadjison Wali of Malawi during 2017 COSAFA U20 football match between Uganda and Malawi at Arthur Davis Stadium on 11 December 2017. COURTESY PHOTO COSAFA-MEDIA/BackpagePixKitwe, Zambia | COSAFA MEDIA | South Africa and East African guest nation Uganda sealed their places in the semifinals of the 2017 Mopani Copper Mines COSAFA Under-20 Championships on Monday as they topped their first round pools on a day of tense action in Zambia.Stephen Mukwala was the hero as Uganda sealed their semifinal spot after they came from behind to draw 1-1 with Malawi to take the top position in Group A on goal-difference from the Young Flames.It had looked as though Malawi would be headed for the knockout stages when Francisco Madinga fired them in front with 20 minutes remaining.But Uganda have shown a never-say-die attitude in this competition so far and they equalized with nine minutes remaining on the clock, Stephen Mukwala drilled in the qualiser.Uganda were able to see how the remainder of the match and claim the draw they need. They will face the top side in Group C in the semifinals, with that pool to be finalised on Tuesday.Thursday’s semifinals, which along with Saturday’s third-place play-off and final will now all be played at the Nkana Stadium in Kitwe, will see the Ugandans take on the top team in Group C and South Africa meet the best runner-up..South Africa defeated North African guest nation Egypt 2-1 as they came from behind to steal top spot at the head of Group B.Mohamed Karem had fired Egypt ahead after 18 minutes as their controlled play allowed South Africa few opportunities.But the second half was a different story as South Africa stepped up the tempo and were able to feed off the mistakes of the Young Pharaohs.Nkosingiphile Ngcobo’s deflected shot found the net for the equaliser, and with 20 minutes remaining Luvuyo Mkatshana scored his second goal of the campaign as he slid the ball past Egypt keeper Mohamed Sobhy.There were plenty of nervy moments for the South Africans in the closing stages, but they were able to keep the Egyptians at bay and claim the win.These two sides could still meet again in the semifinals if Egypt finish as the best-placed runner-up, something that will only be decided on Tuesday.In the other match in the pool, goals from Kamo-Kamo Cumbane and Domingos Junior handed Mozambique a 2-0 win over Mauritius in what was a dead rubber. #UGAU20MALU20 TweetsIn the other match in Group A, hosts and holders Zambia claimed victory in their final pool match to finish third in the pool, Francisco Mwepu with the brace as they toppled Swaziland 2-0.Group C will be concluded on Tuesday as Lesotho take on Angola at the Arthur Davies Stadium (15h00 local; 13h00 GMT), while Zimbabwe tackle Namibia at the same time at the Nkana Stadium.Lesotho and Zimbabwe both have four points and will be favourites to finish top spot, but it is entirely conceivable that Namibia could pip them with victory over Zimbabwe and a draw between Lesotho and Angola, or a victory for the latter.All teams will also have the best runner-up spot in their minds as well.MONDAY’S RESULTSGroup AZambia 2 (Mwepu 50’, 90’) Swaziland 0Malawi 1 (Madinga 70’) Uganda 1 (Mukwala 81’)Group BSouth Africa 2 (Ngcobo 59’, Mkatshana 72’) Egypt 1 (Karem 18’)Mauritius 0 Mozambique 2 (Cumbane 21’, Domingos Jnr 54’)TUESDAY’S FIXTURESGroup C15h00 (13h00 GMT): Namibia vs Zimbabwe – Nkana Stadium15h00 (13h00 GMT): Lesotho vs Angola – Arthur Davies StadiumSTANDINGSGroup A                     P          W        D         L          GF       GA       GD       PtsUganda                       3          1          2          0          5          3          +2       5Malawi                       3          1          2          0          4          3          +1       5Zambia                      3          1          1          1          2          2          0          4Swaziland                 3          0          1          2          4          7          -3        1Group B                     P          W        D         L          GF       GA       GD       PtsSouth Africa             3          3          0          0          5          1          +4       9Egypt                          3          2          0          1          4          2          +2       6Mozambique                        3          1          0          2          2          2          0          3Mauritius                  3          0          0          3          0          6          -6        0Group C                     P          W        D         L          GF       GA       GD       PtsLesotho                     2          1          1          0          2          1          +1       4Zimbabwe                 2          1          1          0          1          0          +1       4Namibia                     2          1          0          1          2          2          0          3Angola                       2          0          0          2          0          2          -2        0TOURNAMENT STATSMatches Played: 16Goals scored: 31Biggest victory: Zambia 0 Uganda 2 (Group A, December 6); South Africa 2 Mauritius 0 (Group B, December 7); Egypt 2 Mauritius 0 (Group B, December 9); Zambia 2 Swaziland 0 (Group A, December 11); Mauritius 0 Mozambique 2 (Group B, December 11)Most goals in a game: 5 – Swaziland 2 Malawi 3 (Group A, December 6)GOALSCORERS3 goals – Muhammad Shaban (Uganda)2 – Abdelrahman Amr (Egypt), Lyle Foster (South Africa), Order Mamba (Swaziland), Luvuyo Mkatshana (South Africa), Francisco Mwepu (Zambia), Patrick Phiri (Malawi), Raboama Koloti (Lesotho), Muzi Tsabedze (Swaziland)1 – Hussein Abdelkader (Egypt), Peter Banda (Malawi), Kamo-Kamo Cumbane (Mozambique), Romario Hawiseb (Namibia), Domingos Junior (Mozambique), Mohamed Karem (Egypt), Francisco Madinga (Malawi), Stephen Mukwala (Uganda), Enzo Mungendje (Namibia), King Nasama (Zimbabwe), Nkosingiphile Ngcobo (South Africa), Allan Okello (Uganda)Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Bournemouth game too ‘demanding’ for Ozil, says Emery

first_imgEmery and Ozil have had a fractious relationship since the Spaniard replaced Arsene Wenger at the end of last season.Ozil missed the 3-1 win over West Ham in August, when it was reported he and Emery had argued at the training ground but the Arsenal boss said the player had been too ill to train.Ozil also threw a tantrum at being substituted in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace — in which he captained the side in the absence of the injured Petr Cech — in late October.He stomped past Emery and hurled his gloves to the turf in disgust before taking a seat on the bench.Emery, though, did not take umbrage publicly, stating “I like the players like him who show the character when we are not playing well”.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Mesut OzilLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Mesut Ozil’s relationship with Arsenal boss Unai Emery is again under scrutiny after the Spaniard appeared to suggest Sunday’s match at Bournemouth was too “demanding” for the German.The 30-year-old German World Cup-winning midfielder had played in the Gunners’ previous three matches — all draws — but Emery decided his style did not fit with Bournemouth’s robust approach.“We thought ‘how we can do better in the match’, a very demanding match with physicality and intensity,” Emery said following the 2-1 win for Arsenal, when asked why Ozil had not started.“Every player is important but today we tried with three centre-backs and it was another possibility for us to improve and find our best performance as a team.”Ozil, whose place in the team for Sunday’s North London derby with Tottenham could now be in doubt, did not even warm up for the match.“It depends on how the match is going,” said Emery, replying to a question on why Ozil had not warmed up.“I decided on another option. We knew this was a difficult stadium, a difficult team. Seventeen matches we haven’t lost but the last three we drew. That is not enough for us.”last_img read more

WPB Fire Chief talks about the Coronavirus and Opioid crises in Palm Beach County

first_imgWest Palm Beach Fire Chief Diana Matty recently told 850WFTL about the COVID-19 crisis and how her paramedics are handling it. The health department is reporting Palm Beach County has climbed past 9,000 coronavirus cases with the second highest death toll in the state at 71 behind Miami-Dade. The statewide total stands at nearly three thousand deaths from COVID-19.In March, Chief Matty was concerned about a shortage of PPE’s but now her department has plenty of masks. In fact, she says none of her paramedics or fire fighters have contracted or tested positive for COVID-19 despite responding to numerous calls. Chief Matty says everyone wears a mask even when responding to a traffic accident and adheres to proper protocol.In addition to talking about whether anyone in her department has gotten sick and if they have enough PPE’s, she says there has been an increase in 911 calls asking for transport due to complications from the illness. She says people with comorbidities go downhill fast and need help quickly adding that in addition to calling an ambulance, you can present to the nearest emergency room if you are having breathing problems.Chief Matty also addressed another local health risk, the opioid crisis in Palm Beach County. She says the numbers of overdoses and halfway houses are intertwined in Palm Beach County and both have greatly diminished since 2017. She covered everything from “available resources,” “excited delirium” in reference to the George Floyd case, and how to prevent “children” from overdosing on grandma’s cancer pain medications in the home.Chief Matty explains in the case of excited delirium, some people high on cocaine, heroine or meth can get into a frenzy, jump on cars, and even climb trees. She says it takes several people to subdue them and eventually tranquilize them in order to transport them safely to the hospital. In many cases Chief Matty describes people taking a cocktail of street drugs which lead to out-of-control bizarre behavior.Listen to the full interview with West Palm Beach Fire Chief Diana Matty’s full interview here.SFS Chief Matty Opioid Covid Kidslast_img read more

Jeffrey Epstein’s victims will split $600 million from compensation fund

first_imgJeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse victims are now able to start filing compensation claims against his estate.Earlier this month, a U.S. Virgin Islands probate judge signed off for the Epstein Victims’ Compensation Program to begin accepting claims starting on Thursday, June 25.An estimated $630 million has been allocated to the fund. The funds will be distributed to victims based upon their allegations that can be proven.Victims who have more evidence and more significant damages will receive more money.Epstein, who was accused of sexually abusing underage girls and running a sex trafficking ring, was found dead in his jail cell at New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center on Aug,. 10, 2019. A medical examiner determined his cause of death was suicide by hanging.To submit a claim to the Epstein Victims’ Compensation Program, click here.last_img read more