After a weekend of blowouts and another upset, the men’s NCAA Final Four is set.Top overall seed Louisville will face Wichita State next Saturday, while Michigan takes on Syracuse in the other national semifinal.In regional playoffs for the women’s tourney, Kentucky plays UConn and Georgia faces California on Monday. Notre Dame faces Duke and Tennessee plays Louisville on Tuesday. The winners advance to their national semifinal.Continue Reading… …
Police say a gunman opened fire Wednesday near a car wash inHerkimer County, New York, halfway between Syracuse and Albany. Twopeople were shot dead on the scene, and two others were fatallywounded nearby on South Washington Street in Mohawk, State Policepress liaison Jack Keller tells the Little Falls Times.According to the authorities, six people were shot in all, withfour succumbing to their wounds as of 11:18 a.m. Wednesday morning.Police were still searching for their suspect as of 11:45, but thelatest reports courtesy of a local newspaper suggest theauthorities may have narrowed in on a possible culprit.The Utica Observer-Dispatch reports that Swat teams and a policehelicopter have surrounded a jewelry store in downtown Herkimer,NY, but it is still not yet clear if the suspect is inside. Thepaper adds that Mohawk officials believe the suspect may be onfoot, and other reports cite the possibility that he was picked upby a taxi.Ilion, NY resident Jason Ackler, 39, tells the Utica OD that hethinks the suspect is “trying toprove a point.” Ackler’s friend was among the six shotWednesday morning, and his condition is unknown. He says, however,that he thinks the suspect began the shooting spree with clearintention as to what he wanted to accomplish.“It definitely seems like heknew what he was doing,” adds Ackler.Speaking to the Associated Press, the Herkimer Village Policewould only say that there was a shooting and a manhunt, and wouldnot offer any further official comment. Area schools includingHerkimer County Community College have been placed on lockdown,however.Police also believe the suspect may have been responsible for anapartment building fire that was reported to authorities in Mohawk,NY at around 9:45 a.m. The Utica Observer-Dispatch reports that thefire was extinguished by around 11 a.m., and law enforcementauthorities were able to remove “about half a dozen long guns” fromthe residence. The Utica OD says preliminary reports suggest thesuspect responsible for the four deaths resided in that unit.The suspect has been described in early reports as a 50- to60-year-old white male last seen wearing a flannel shirt. …
City councilors in Syracuse, New York summoned
the chief of police to a public hearing yesterday to shed a little
light on the department’s use of asset forfeiture to fund its
operations. They did not learn much.From the
Faced with a $1.3 million request from police to buy new
vehicles, councilors sought information about the off-budget cash,
cars or other assets that come to the police department after being
seized from [alleged! -ed.] criminals.
…Police Chief Frank Fowler repeatedly told the five councilors
at the meeting he would not publicly divulge information about
vehicles or equipment obtained through asset forfeiture
…The money is not accounted for in the city budget.
…“Most of this stuff is used in a covert fashion,’’ Fowler
said. “We don’t want the general public or the bad guys to know
what we possess.’’
Both New York and federal law allow local police to seize
property from suspects and keep most of the proceeds. However, the
law does not require the government to actually prove that a
property owner committed a crime—mere suspicion can
suffice. Unsurprisingly, that means police
often rip off innocent people. And they would rather not tell
anyone about it.
“I’m never going to talk about it in specific terms,’’ Fowler
said.… “But there are some good things that are taking place within
our community with asset forfeiture (funds), and they will
…Fowler insisted that discussing details publicly—even
divulging the number of asset-seizure cars—would put his officers
That is rank nonsense, and Fowler knows it. A simple accounting
of forfeiture revenues would not jeopardize officer safety in the
slightest. Or perhaps Fowler thinks that this publicly
available spreadsheet somehow puts police in the District of
Columbia in imminent danger.Sadly, it doesn’t appear city councilors called the meeting to
explore ways to protect innocent people from forfeiture. Rather,
they just wanted to know if maybe they could redirect a little of
the money to the city’s general fund.Good luck with that.For more Reason coverage of asset forfeiture abuse,
PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Arcidiacono hit the tying 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left in regulation, and James Bell hit consecutive 3s in overtime to send Villanova to its second win over a Top 5 team this week, 75-71 over No. 3 Syracuse on Saturday.The Wildcats defeated No. 5 Louisville 73-64 on Tuesday and became the first unranked team to beat two Top 5 teams in the same season since Florida State in 2011-12, according to STATS LLC.Read More…
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville’s reign at No. 1 is likely over after one week.
The Cardinals’ focus now is on reclaiming the top spot and holding on when it matters — through the season’s end in April — after falling to No. 6 Syracuse 70-68 on Saturday.
“That doesn’t bother me at all,” Cardinals senior guard Peyton Siva said of the team’s expected slip when the new poll is announced Monday.
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In a little sushi restaurant in Syracuse, George Saunders conceded that, sure, one reality was that he and I were a couple guys talking fiction and eating avocado salad and listening to Alanis Morissette coming from the speaker above our heads. Another was that we were walking corpses.Read More…