ECSO charges man after high-speed chase

first_img Facebook Albert Llanez Ector County deputies took a man into custody Tuesday after he attempted to evade deputies in a vehicle reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour before crashing into a utility pole.A deputy first observed the suspect, 19-year-old Albert Llanez, traveling at a high rate of speed around 2:11 p.m. at the intersection of Tripp Avenue and University Boulevard, according to an Ector County Sheriff’s Office news release.Llanez continued to travel at speeds exceeding 70 miles per hour, and was seen disobeying a stop sign at 28th Street and Redondo Avenue, the release stated.The deputy activated his emergency lights and siren attempting to stop the vehicle, the release detailed, which continued to evade the deputy, running multiple other stop signs.Llanez attempted to turn west onto 3rd Street from FM 1936 but collided with a utility pole, the release said.The suspect began running on foot, but a Department of Public Safety helicopter tracking Llanez advised officers of his location, the release stated, and Llanez was taken into custody and charged with evading arrest with a vehicle, a third-degree felony.Jail records show Llanez was taken to the Ector County Detention Center Wednesday and has a bond set at $10,000. WhatsApp Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest ECSO charges man after high-speed chase Twitter By admin – January 24, 2018 Pinterest Local NewsCrime Previous articleOPD: Teen ‘feared for her life’ during robberyNext articleJury deliberating stabbing case adminlast_img read more

Bills would alter judicial appointments

first_imgBills would alter judicial appointments April 1, 2003 Regular News Bills would alter judicial appointmentscenter_img Two bills proposing constitutional amendments that would affect the way judges are appointed have been introduced in the Florida Legislature.HJR 681 by Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Dania Beach, and SJR 1494 by Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, would change the way the appellate judiciary is appointed.Currently, judicial nominating commissions recommend candidates for the district courts of appeal and the Supreme Court when vacancies occur, and the governor makes the final appointment.Under the bills, which must be approved by voters if they pass the legislature, the JNCs for the appellate bench would be abolished. Instead the governor would nominate a candidate for a vacancy, subject to confirmation by the Senate, similar to the federal system.The governor’s nominee would not take office until the Senate confirms, according to the bills.“My view is that the traditional balance of powers is distorted when we do not have the legislative branch involved in the selection of the judiciary at the appellate level — those that make the decisions that affect the public policy and social policy of our state,” Sen. Smith explained about his bill.“In one fell swoop of one meeting of the Committee of Ethics and Elections, we confirmed like 30-plus positions as remote and obscure as Basin Board somewhere, a place I can’t locate and I have no idea what they do. But I don’t have the role in the confirmation of the judiciary. I think it creates an imbalance. I think it overly empowers the executive branch. I’m not anticipating it will pass right away, but I’m anticipating increasing interest. I’ve actually had some editorial support for it already.“I know some people say, ‘Oh, we don’t want to get into locking down the judge,’” Smith continued.“First of all, we rarely appoint judges like they do in the federal system. It would be rare that we would lock down an appointment. And there are ways we can make that impossible. For example, we don’t have the filibuster. So having said that, I’m confident this is the direction we ought to go. I believe that you can ask average Floridians, and they believe we do follow that balance-of-power approach, and they assume that we play some role.“The other answer I hear from time to time is that “Yeah, but, we do have judicial retention.’ The history of judicial retention is that it is a non-factor in the judiciary. In the history of this state, there has never been anyone close to not being retained. It’s only happened in three states in the United States, the last I knew. So, judicial retention is not an adequate answer. People have no idea what the judges are doing, whether or not they merit retention. Merit retention, for those judges, it is an illusion, rather than an actual check on their performance. I would rather at least know at one point in time that the legislative branch reviewed and approved the confirmation process.”The House measure was referred to the House Judiciary, Judicial Appropriations Subcommittee, and the Appropriations Committee. The Senate Bill has been referred to the Senate Judicial and Rules and Calendar committees.The second bill has been filed frequently in recent sessions and calls for opening the deliberations of the JNCs, which under the constitution are now closed.Rep. Fred Brummer, R-Apopka, introduced HJR 1135, which has been referred to the Judiciary and State Administration committees. Sen. Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville, introduced SJR 2250 which had not been referred to any committees as this News went to press.Neither bill has been scheduled for a committee hearing at News deadline. Interested parties can track these and other bills using the legislature’s Web site. Go to www.leg.st.fl.us/ and click on either the House or Senate, and then select the “Bills and Related Items” option for a list of introduced bills.last_img read more

Women of Troy win first road game of season

first_imgThe USC women’s basketball team went on the road for the first time this season after four consecutive games at the Galen Center to start the season, coming out with a 62-51 win over UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday night in Santa Barbara, Calif.Off night · Senior forward Christina Marinacci scored only two points against the Gauchos on Tuesday night. The Women of Troy were able to escape Santa Barbara with an 11-point win. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanJunior forward Cassie Harberts led the Women of Troy (3-2) with 17 points (11 in the second half), 5 assists, and 4 rebounds. Freshman guard Jordan Adams scored 12 points on four 3-pointers, and sophomore guard Ariya Crook finished with 9 points. Every USC player scored at least once, and Harberts finished with double-digit points for the fifth straight game.“My teammates found me when I was open,” said Adams. “I had a lot of time in the pocket. They didn’t run out to me and my teammates did a really good job finding me outside.”Angela Aguirre finished with 13 points to lead the Gauchos (2-4) in scoring. Kendra Morrison scored 11 points, all in the second half, and Destini Mason had nine points and five rebounds.USC finished the first half on a 14-4 run to take a 31-22 lead at the half, with Harberts, Adams, and junior forward Desiree Bradley all scoring six points each. The Women of Troy shot 50 percent (12-for-24) from the field, including 5-of-8 from behind the arc, compared to UCSB’s 37.5 percent (9-for-24). Both teams only went to the line twice at the half, with each team making both free throws.The Women of Troy held the cushion throughout the rest of the game, thanks to Harberts’ 10 points in the first seven minutes of the second half.  Crook scored all nine of her points after halftime, and USC narrowly outscored the Gauchos 31-29 in the second half to seal a comfortable win. USC led by as many as 18 with eight minutes left, but a 13-1 run by the Gauchos pulled the deficit to single-digits before a 3-pointer by Destinie Gibbs with 48 seconds left ended any chance for a comeback.“They made our runs and we made our runs back,” said junior forward Cassie Harberts. “A lot of it was just defensive coverages. We didn’t do what we needed to do.”USC continued to improve in the turnover column, finishing the game with only 12 turnovers, compared to 15 and 18 in its last two games, along with 14 fouls. The Woman of Troy finished shooting 48.9 percent (22 for 45) from the field, along with 58.3 percent (9 for 16) from 3-point range and 9 of 13 from the free-throw line. They outrebounded the Gauchos 28-22, marking the fifth-straight game the Women of Troy have outrebounded their opponent, as well as holding Sweets Underwood, the Gauchos’ second leading scorer, to 0 points on 0-for-4 shooting.“You can’t win the game with a bunch of turnovers, and we really stressed taking care of the ball and valuing possessions,” said Adams, “When you turn the ball over, you beat yourselves.”UCSB shot 20 for 42 from the field (3 for 6 from 3-point range), and 8 of 11 from the free-throw line. The Gauchos committed 13 turnovers and 12 fouls.The Women of Troy go back on the road Friday to take on San Diego State (3-2) at 7 p.m. PT. USC’s next home game is Saturday, Dec. 15 against Texas A&M (3-3).last_img read more

NFL Draft 2019: UCLA tight end Caleb Wilson takes ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ honors

first_img NFL Draft 2019: Seahawks’ Russell Wilson shares unique connection to team’s 4th-round pick NFL Draft 2019: All 254 picks by team In a fitting tribute Saturday, Succop announced this year’s Mr. Irrelevant in front of the Nashville crowd.”I gave (critics) a lot of ammunition,” Succop told the crowd before announcing the pick. “I was a field goal kicker, and my last name was Succop.”Wilson caught 60 passes for 965 yards last season to lead UCLA in both categories. Both marks are records for a tight end in UCLA history.Before he heads off to Cardinals training camp, Wilson gets some great door prizes for becoming Mr. Irrelevant 2019. He will be honored this summer with a week-long series of events in Newport Beach, Calif. He’ll visit Disneyland, sail in a regatta, do interviews, and basically celebrate his status as last man off the draft board. The annual celebration, founded in 1976 by former NFL wide receiver Paul Salata, helps raise money for charity.The week concludes with the presentation of the Lowsman Trophy — a parody of the Heisman, obviously — only the trophy features a player fumbling a football. On an odd note, Cardinals.com notes the team has picked a Mr. Irrelevant three times … and all three players were tight ends. They also drafted BYU’s Tevita Ofahengaue in 2001 and Louisville’s Gerald Christian in 2015.center_img It’s every kid’s worst nightmare on the playground — two captains pick their teams, and as the number of remaining players dwindles, they each offer up a silent prayer they won’t be the last one selected.Someone has to be the last player selected, and that’s the case in the NFL Draft as well, only the final player taken in each draft has come to be celebrated in a strange way with the bizarre title, “Mr. Irrelevant.” Meet Mr. Irrelevant of the 2019 NFL Draft, UCLA tight end Caleb Wilson, who was selected with the final pick of the seventh round (No. 254 overall) by the Arizona Cardinals.Most Mr. Irrelevants don’t pan out, either failing to make the roster, or going on to short, mostly anonymous careers. But there have been exceptions. Kicker Ryan Succop, the final player chosen in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, is still active 10 years later, with the Titans. Related Newslast_img read more