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Wyandanch Murder Suspect Nabbed in Fla.

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York U.S. Marshals have apprehended a Copiague man wanted for fatally shooting a 35-year-old man in the victim’s hometown of Wyandanch two years ago, Suffolk County police said.Boyd Holland was arrested in Orlando, Florida and was returned Tuesday to Long Island, where is facing a charge of second-degree murder.Homicide Squad detectives said the 22-year-old suspect shot and killed Eric Brooks at 11:34 p.m. on May 9, 2012.Police had said that officers responding to a 911 call reporting gunshots fired when, upon arrival, they found the victim suffering from a bullet wound to the abdomen in the backyard of a house on North 22nd Street.Brooks had been taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where he was pronounced dead.Holland will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

Brunch at the Harbor

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisHARRISVILLE, Mich.— The taste of all things local was the main idea of the Harrisville event. Farm to Fork in Alcona and Taste the Local Difference served up brunch using all local ingredients. Michiganders enjoyed a hot meal while giving back to the community.Forty-nine percent of the food sourced from the event came from Northern Michigan farms. Both organizations not only promote local sourced foods, but zero waste and more recycling.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Cruise In car showNext Farm Day at the Ranchlast_img read more

D’Andre Swift hopes to tear Lions’ recent running history to pieces

first_imgWhen the camera found D’Andre Swift early Friday evening, after the Lions had made him the second pick of the second round and the second running back chosen in the 2020 NFL Draft, his head was buried in his hands, his emotion apparent to all of America.Was he crying tears of joy, though, or tears of fear? Getting back a healthy Matthew Stafford at quarterback should be a significant boost in this area, because teams were able to focus more on stopping the running attack when they didn’t have to fear the Lions’ passing game.For Swift, though, he has to wonder how devoted the Lions are to deploying a feature back. They had four backs carry at least 38 times last season. Both coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn have expressed their preference for a committee approach.It’ll be up to Swift to prove he’s a committee all by himself. Being selected this early in the draft means Swift is likely to make more than $1.5 million in his first year on the job and around $8 million over his first four seasons. That’s wonderful.MORE 2020 NFL DRAFT:Live grades | Pick tracker | Top 100 big boardThe Lions, though.Despite the fact it never has appeared in a Super Bowl, and hasn’t won a division championship since 1993, and has only made three playoff appearances this century, Detroit isn’t a miserable franchise. It has been over .500 four times in the past 10 seasons and averaged a 7-9 mark in that period. It has been a dreadful place to be a running back, though. Well, since Barry Sanders retired, anyway.Since the 1999 season, the Lions’ first in the post-Sanders era, their running game has been a fantasy football nightmare. They’ve had four 1,000-yard rushers in 21 years, none since Reggie Bush did it in 2013. The Titans have had seven in the last 10. Kerryon Johnson led the team last year with 403 yards. That’s 25 yards a game, people. That’s not even three first downs. He only played half the games, but the point is: No one else beat that total.Swift would appear to be an ideal player to change all this. At 5-9, 216 pounds, he rushed for 1,218 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior at Georgia. He caught 24 passes for 216 yards. At the NFL Combine in late winter, he ran a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash.On a predraft conference, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay called Swift “explosive” and said he’s the best recent player to come out of the Georgia backfield and the best of the 2020 draft’s running back group because he is more complete than Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor, Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins and Clyde Edwards-Helaire of LSU.”He does everything at full speed,” McShay said of Swift. “Whether it’s transitioning from after catch, to reading blocks, to make that cutback, he’s explosive.”The Lions have ranked in the bottom half of the NFL in rushing in every season since Sanders retired. If you think about it, that kind of consistency is an achievement. They were 21st last year, and only third from the bottom in rushing TDs. And it’s not that they weren’t trying; they rushed 407 times, which was smack in the middle of NFL in terms of attempts.last_img read more