LIRR Turns to Weekend Schedule As Storm Barrels Toward LI

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This 53-foot-long, 80-ton steel snow removal vehicle dubbed ‘Darth Vader’ is part of Long Island Rail Road’s winter weather arsenal. (Photo: MTA / LIRR)The weekend is coming early to the Long Island Rail Road after officials announced that train service will be limited to a typical Saturday-Sunday schedule on Friday because of a powerful winter storm barreling toward the Island.Reduced schedule also means the LIRR will not offer train service Friday on the West Hempstead branch or between Ronkonkoma and Greenport, officials said.The announcement was made by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who just hours earlier said the Long Island Expressway will shut down at midnight until 5 a.m.“The safety of MTA riders and employees is the top priority of the MTA,” Cuomo said. “MTA employees have been out sanding and salting platforms and walkways, but conditions can become difficult quickly during a winter storm.”LIRR customers accustomed to departing from the railroad’s West Hempstead branch can instead catch a train from Hempstead, Lynbrook, Valley Stream or the Merillon Avenue station. The MTA will provide bus service to riders between Ronkonkoma and Greenport, officials said.The MTA said it has already taken precautions in the event that the impending blizzard lives up to predictions. Snow removal deployment has already been deployed to “key locations” and special anti-freeze trains are being utilized to coat the tracks in anticipation of icing. Extra LIRR personnel have also been called on to assist at critical locations.Despite the measures already being taken to battle the storm, the railroad warned that snow accumulation of 10-13 inches could force the LIRR to temporarily suspend service to make way for snow removal equipment to clear snow from tracks. The LIRR has at its disposal a large steel plow, dubbed “Darth Vader,” to help with snow removal.Forecasters are predicting between 8 to 10 inches of snow starting Thursday evening and freezing temperatures possibly dropping to 10 degrees below zero.last_img read more

Batesville vs. New Castle Girls Swimming

first_img200 Freestyle Relay posts 3rd fastest time in school history!Gutzwiller breaks  2 Freshman school records! Varsity Event Winners: Emily Gutzwiller: 100 Fly, 100 Breast.Freshman school records in both events; Taylor Villani 200 Free-Freshman school record, 100 Free, 200 Freestyle Relay (Eliz. Weiler, Villani, Gutzwiller, Hall)JV Event Winners:  Lydia Olsen  50 Yard Freestyle.Lady Bulldogs are 2-1.  Next Meet;  Tuesday (12-13) @ Connersville (vs Connersville/Rushville).Submitted by Batesville Coach TJ Greene. New Castle Girls Defeated Batesville 109-74.last_img

Stolen car leads troopers in multi county pursuit

first_imgOn Thursday, September 12, Officers recovered a vehicle reported stolen out of Bartholomew County after a 10-mile pursuit crossed county lines and ended when the car was remotely disabled.Around 2:30, a Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy advised he was northbound on I-65 near the 18 mile-marker and behind a red Chevrolet Malibu which was reported stolen earlier in the day.  When the Deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, the car increased speed and tried to flee from the officer.  Numerous officers were in the area and joined in the pursuit including officers from the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg and the Clarksville Police Department. The vehicle continued north on I-65 and into Scott County, eluding officers attempts to use Stop Sticks along the way.  The passenger was also observed throwing an unknown substance out of the passenger window of the car.  Realizing the car was equipped with a subscription-based navigation and security service, Indiana State Police Dispatch contacted the service and requested the vehicle be remotely disabled.  Once the vehicle was disabled, it began to slow down and safely stopped on the side of the roadway.  After officers detained both occupants, the investigation also revealed meth and paraphernalia inside the car. The driver, Ryan Andrew Moody, 40, of Columbus, and the passenger, Audrey Fay Crank, 20, of Hope, were taken into custody without incident and remanded into the Clark County Jail.  They are both charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Paraphernalia.  Moody is also charged with Auto Theft and Reckless Driving.last_img read more

Luke Walton favored to be atop Lakers’ ‘long list’ of coaching candidates

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The race has just started. But where will the finish line end?With the Lakers parting ways with Byron Scott on Sunday night, they did not just try to cleanse themselves from two seasons that ended with their worst record in franchise history. The Lakers also hoped to find the right coach, with their fourth search since Phil Jackson retired in 2011.As of now, the Lakers are treating how to fill their current coaching vacancy with an open mind. They plan to compile a “long list of people,” as one person familiar with the situation said. Those candidates will include varying backgrounds and degrees of coaching experience.Former NBA coaches could include Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson. Current NBA assistants could include Golden State’s Luke Walton and San Antonio’s Ettore Messina, which would require the Lakers to seek permission from both teams to interview. College coaches could include Connecticut’s Kevin Ollie, Kentucky’s John Calipari and Villanova’s Jay Wright. The Lakers plan to go through multiple stages of interviewing and reevaluating candidates before narrowing their list and hiring their next coach. Still, the sentiment around the league casts Walton as the favored candidate for multiple reasons.Walton has built close relationships with various members of the Lakers organization after playing as a key reserve from 2004 to 2012, which included NBA championship runs in 2009 and 2010. Walton has also sparked buzz for guiding the defending champion Golden State Warriors to a 39-4 record while head coach Steve Kerr recovered from offseason back surgery.Golden State generally allows its assistants to interview for head-coaching positions even before the NBA playoffs end so long as it does not interfere with their current job. For example, the New Orleans Pelicans were granted permission to interview former Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry in mid-May before the Warriors’ eventual title run.If the Warriors eliminate the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of their first-round series in Oakland on Wednesday, that could make it easier for the Lakers and Walton to schedule any possible interview before the Western Conference semifinals begin.last_img read more