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New Charges Added in Bay Shore ‘DWI’ Crash That Killed 3

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A driver has been arrested for allegedly racing a suspected drunken driver who authorities said caused the fiery crash that killed a father and his two children in Bay Shore last month.Sheon Richards, 23, of St. Albans, pleaded not guilty Thursday at Suffolk County court to charges of reckless driving, reckless endangerment, speeding and failure to maintain lane.Oniel Sharpe Jr. , the 24-year-old Springfield Gardens man accused of crashing into the family’s car, and Demetri Stewart, the 23-year-old Cambria Heights man who allegedly helped him fleethe scene, were also indicted on new, upgraded charges.“Richards is going 90, 95 mph and he told investigators that at that speed, his friend, Oniel Sharpe Jr., is catching up to him ,” District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “Witnesses who saw Sharpe’s car weaving from lane to lane estimate his speed to be between 120, 130 mph.”Prosecutors said Sharpe and Richards were both racing BMWs on the Southern State Parkway when when Sharpe allegedly rear-ended a car near exit 41 at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, July 12.Three people in the vehicle that Sharpe allegedly hit—37-year-old Ancio Ostane and his two children, Andy, 8, and Sephora, 4—were trapped in the burning vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.Their mother and Ancio’s wife, Lucnie Bouaz-Ostane, escaped and was taken to South Side Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was treated for minor injuries and released. The family was on their way home to St. Albans after leaving a family party in Central Islip, police said.Sharpe, who previously pleaded not guilty to charges of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a fatal accident, also pleaded not guilty to new charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, manslughter, tampering with evidence, reckless driving and traffic violations.Stewart, who previously pleaded not guilty to charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, hindering prosecution and criminal facilitation, also pleaded not guilty to new charges of leaving the scene of an accident, criminal facilitation, making a false statement and marijuana possession.Instead of trying to help the victims, Spota said that Sharpe and Stewart “shamelessly sought to cover up their involvement in the crash by discarding evidence, leaving the scene and intentionally misleading and lying to investigators.”The district attorney added that investigators have a video showing Sharpe retrieving a bottle from the backseat of his car and heaving it away from his vehicle—but authorities found a bottle of Patron Tequila from the brush near the crash scene.In addition to the crash-related charges, Spota said Sharpe’s 24-year-old cousin, Courtney Sharpe of Springfield Gardens, was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and attempted identity theft after authorities found 23 counterfeit cards hidden in the steering column of the BMW X-5 Sharpe was driving, according to investigators.Courtney Sharpe also pleaded not guilty. Her bail was set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. Her cousin’s bail was set at $500,000 cash or $1.5 million bond. Bail for Stewart was set at $150,000 cash or $300,000 bond and Richards was released without bail.last_img read more

NBA Draft 2019: 6 things we learned from Zion Williamson’s pre-draft interview

first_imgWhen his name is called Thursday night, and it will be called first in the 2019 NBA Draft, Zion Williamson isn’t sure how he’ll react.It’s the one uncertainty he admitted to before an assembled throng of reporters Wednesday at the league’s pre-draft media availability in midtown Manhattan. “Honestly, I don’t know. I don’t know how I’m going to react,” he said. “I don’t know if I’m going to cry or have this giant smile on my face.”We’ll see tomorrow night. But I know I’m very excited about it.” Related News NBA Draft 2019 rumors: Pelicans discussing trading up to No. 2 to pair Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett NBA Draft 2019: Zion Williamson not looking to fill LeBron James’ shoes 6. He did not order the kid’s meal at Commander’s Palace.Williams ate at the world-renowned (and James Beard Award-winning) New Orleans restaurant with Pelicans brass last week as a part of his pre-draft visit.“I’ve been seeing some people saying I got chicken tenders,” he said. “No, that was my 5-year-old brother that did that. I got fried shrimp with some mashed potatoes.” Outside of that admission, Williamson offered a mix of self-assessment, draft scouting and, yes, humor as he patiently and calmly answered a half-hour’s worth of questions from the media. There were not huge reveals. But there were a few telling comments.Zion Williamson should be used to this by now. #NBA #Pelicans— Justin Walters (@JustinWaltersTV) June 19, 2019Here’s a half-dozen things we learned from Zion Williamson on Wednesday:1. He’s not just a physical specimen.You’ve no doubt seen the vast array of rim-rattling dunks, altered shots made from awkward angles and, yes, his head rim-high on the defensive end.But the physical side is only part of the story.”One thing I’m good at is just my will to win,” Williamson said. “I feel like when I want to win, I’ll do things, I’ll do whatever I need to do to win.”2. He’s not “the next.”As the projected No. 1 pick (he was careful to couch most of his answers with “if” he’s the top pick), Williamson is hearing a lot of comparisons with NBA superstars who’ve come before him. That’s fine, but he’s out to cut his own incomparable path.”Honestly, with the comparison stuff, it’s nice, it’s cool, but I don’t look into it,” he said. “I just look to be myself. I’m not trying to be nobody.”I’m just trying to be the first Zion.”All smiles! 😃📸@Zionwilliamson x #NBADraft— NBA (@NBA) June 19, 20193. He’s not feeling any pressure as the projected top pick.Seemingly relaxed and frequently smiling during the 30-minute interview with a densely packed group of reporters, Williamson appeared thoroughly at ease with the world he’s in now and the one he is about to be the center of.”I don’t really see the pressure,” he said. “I’m doing what I love to do, and that’s play basketball. I don’t try to live up to nobody’s expectations. They can set them there, I don’t try to live up to them.”I just try to be me, be the best version of myself that I can be.”4. He thinks former Duke teammate R.J. Barrett will shine in the NBA …But enough about Zion. The pre-draft media availability was in New York, after all. So, just spitballing here, if the Knicks were to draft Barrett, would he live up to fans’ high expectations?  “R.J. is cold-blooded. He’s built for people doubting him or telling him he’s not ready. R.J. is built for that,” Williamson said. “I got to see it first-hand at Duke. I don’t doubt R.J. in the slightest. If he gets drafted out here, he’s going to come out here and handle his business.”I think they’ll get a great player.”Catching up at #NBADraft media circuit…@RjBarrett6 x @Zionwilliamson x @igotgame_12— NBA (@NBA) June 19, 20195. … and former AAU teammate (and fellow South Carolinian) Ja Morant is a revelation.Williamson recounted Morant’s ability to make a pass that would surprise even its intended target: Williamson.”I’d make backdoor cuts, and I didn’t think he would see me,” Williamson recalled. “But he’d put it in the perfect spot.”Can I sit here and say I knew Ja would be this good? I can’t say that. I knew he’d be good but not to this level. For him to be here and to be like a top-three pick, it means a lot to me, it means a lot to the state of South Carolina.” NBA Draft 2019 rumors: Knicks rejected Hawks’ offer for No. 3 picklast_img read more

Richard Sherman hits back at critics following All-Pro selection

first_imgMORE: Every playoff team’s real chances to win Super Bowl 54Sherman was criticized by some for signing a largely incentive-based contract that he negotiated himself when he joined the 49ers in March 2018.Sherman, a Super Bowl winner with the Seattle Seahawks in 2014, earned a $1 million bonus for his Pro Bowl selection last month and will reportedly net twice that amount following his All-Pro pick.Sherman tweeted this Friday: Richard Sherman took a swipe at his critics after the San Francisco 49ers cornerback earned a richly deserved bonus.The 31-year-old defensive back was included in the second team when NFL All-Pro selections were announced by The Associated Press on Friday. Fans please find me all those “He negotiates a bad deal” receipts…. I wanna see something— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) January 3, 2020Many of Sherman’s followers obliged by replying with links to articles from analysts who believed he had made a big mistake by brokering such a deal on his own behalf.He wrote in one of a string of posts: “No agent fees for me. Get to keep the money that I earned. Fellas these agents negotiate incentives into deals all the time. You do all the work achieving them and they see the benefit.”The 49ers beat the Seahawks in Week 17 to finish as the NFC’s top seed, securing home-field advantage in the playoffs and a first-round bye.last_img read more