Soldier Charged With Murder of Long Island Veteran

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Army soldier has been formally charged with killing a retired Iraq war veteran from Long Island at Fort hood in Texas over the Labor Day weekend, military officials said.Sgt. Brett M. Wessel was charged Thursday with murder and assault with the intent to commit murder in the Sunday shooting death of retired Sgt. Ryan Dickinson on West Fort Hood.Both the suspect and the victim were 26-year-old married men. Dickinson was also a father of two.Dickinson’s body was flown back to LI for his wake 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Moloney’s Funeral Home on Lakeland Avenue in Bohemia.His funeral will be held 8:30 a.m. Monday at St. John Nepomucene Roman Catholic Church on Locust Avenue in Bohemia before he’s interred at Calverton National Cemetery.last_img read more

Train and car collide near USC

first_imgA crash between a car and a train left at least six people injured Monday afternoon at approximately 2:45 p.m.The accident was several blocks west of campus, near the Vermont station at Raymond Avenue and Exposition Boulevard. No USC students were involved, according to the Dept. of Public Safety.The driver of the car struck by the Expo line train sped away before police arrived at the scene and has not yet been identified.Two of the victims were transported to hospitals for minor injuries while four others were treated by paramedics at the scene, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Erik Scott.The crash halted train activity for 15 minutes as passengers switched trains, but the line’s service reverted back to normal more than an hour later at about 4:15 p.m., Paul Gonzalez, the senior media relations officer for Metro, told CBS Los Angeles.  The train sustained little damage except for on its undercarriage.DPS did not respond to the incident or submit a report as no students were part of the crash.Chelsea Stone contributed to this report.Follow Daily Trojan on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more

Steve Garvey’s first pitch is a brash prediction come true for Dodgers

first_imgSteve Garvey participated in the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium — via relay throw from first base — but that’s not the kind of thing he knew would really gets Dodgers fans energized.The former Dodger decided he should kick it up a notch when given the microphone for the usual welcome mantra before Monday’s Game 4 of the National League Division Series. “Welcome to the final game of the NLDS,” Garvey shouted.He then pumped his fist. And Dodgers fans roared. This was an elimination game for Atlanta, but if the Braves had won, there would have been a Game 5 Wednesday in Atlanta.The Braves dugout was quiet, but Atlanta catcher Brian McCann surely had to resist the impulse to block Garvey’s way back into the stands.“I said to myself, ‘What can I say to really get the crowd going?’” Garvey said in a phone interview Tuesday. “I’ll just say, ‘Welcome to the last game.’ I’ve had more response from that. The Braves didn’t like it, but that’s OK. The ends justifies the means. I’m just surprised (at the response).”“It was just one of those things. It was spontaneous.”Garvey — who was on the World Series championship team in 1981 — clearly still bleeds Dodgers blue. He last worked for the organization in 2011 under previous owner Frank McCourt, and Garvey was part of a group that tried to buy the Dodgers. Even though he commutes to games from Palm Desert, Garvey and his family stayed to watch the Dodgers celebration, and when he returned to the parking lot, his car — sporting a Dodgers decal — had a cracked windshield.“Maybe they took (my speech) personally,” Garvey said with a laugh. He tweeted a picture of the windshield in daylight and figured a Braves fan was responsible. Garvey didn’t think anyone would’ve known it was his car. “It’s a big parking lot,” Garvey said. “After all these years, I’ve had a cracked windshield and door bent. Those aren’t bad odds.”The 64-year-old former first baseman couldn’t be more pleased the Dodgers beat the Braves 4-3 in Game 4 and won the series 3-1 to advance to the National League Championship Series.“It’s just nice to see the resurgence,” Garvey said. “It’s nice to see the commitment by the Guggenheim Partners. It’s extremely difficult to take over the franchise in the middle of the year like they did last year.”“You’re really only new once. They put money into the structure of Dodger Stadium and stood up and did all these things.”The Dodgers have done plenty of things, rebounding from a disastrous start to the season with a 42-8 run and the National League West title. The fun is back at Dodger Stadium.“When the game was over, everyone lingered. You want to absorb these victories,” Garvey said. “It’s fun watching these guys.”Garvey and his family arrived home to Palm Desert at 1 a.m., and the kids were late to school by 30 minutes. “Some mornings, you have a pretty good excuse,” Garvey said. Garvey is doing well after a health scare last year when he learned he had PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen). Garvey said he took the PSA test early, it was detected and he had a radical prostatectomy in October. He’s in the works to host a prostate cancer awareness speaker series at UCLA in January. “I’m virtually clean, but you’re always guardedly optimistic,” Garvey said. “I’m doing a lot of work with prostate cancer awareness now. You do what you can to help out.”“With breast cancer awareness, there are pink ribbons, but guys aren’t like that. They don’t want to talk about it. It needs a voice just to get guys to start a dialogue and to understand to take the PSA every year.”Garvey isn’t afraid to talk about anything.Especially not to make a bold prediction before a playoff game.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more