Two Druid City nonprofits with athletic roots are teaming up and helping Hurricane Michael survivors.High Socks for Hope and Nick’s Kids Foundation have gathered up more than 80 mattress sets and a warehouse full of furniture in addition to an 18-wheeler full of donations that’s heading toward the Panhandle next week.Their plan is helping military families living in and around Tyndall Air Force Base.“Right now at this point, honestly, monetary donations would be so helpful because we are buying furniture and helping people,” said High Socks for Hope Managing Director Judy Holland.
A Tuscaloosa man is behind bars facing indecent exposure charges, and authorities are asking residents to come forward if they’ve been victim of any similar incidents.The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said it happened Tuesday. Investigators said the victim was alone and cleaning a rental house when the suspect, 29-year-old Mickell Watson, entered without knocking.The victim said she believed Watson was inquiring about renting the residence, but after several minutes realized he was acting strange. She told him to leave, then escorted him to the door and watched him walk to the road.A short time later, the victim said she realized someone was in the house again. That’s when she saw him exposing himself, so she cried for help and began dialing 911 while the suspect ran off.The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division arrested Watson for third-degree burglary and indecent exposure Thursday.Investigators said Watson is no stranger to jail, having been booked more than 10 times since 2007, but this is the first time he’s been facing indecent exposure charges.Watson is 6 feet 5 inches tall, weighing 220 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes. Authorities are asking anyone who’s had any similar encounters with Watson or someone matching his description to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 205-464-8650.
Three people are behind bars and facing charges today after several robberies earlier this month, Tuscaloosa Police say.Those robberies happened Monday in the 2200 block of 18th Street and Tuesday in the 4300 block of Skyland Boulevard East. Both places hit were businesses, police said.Around 11:50 p.m. Tuesday, Tuscaloosa Police stopped a vehicle in relation to the Skyland Boulevard robbery and took its occupants into custody.Upon interviewing the suspects, investigators charged 23-year-old Ladarian Tyrin Lewis, 31-year-old Aundrea LaShone Robinson and 23-year-old Keishon Allen Rollins with two counts of first-degree robbery.All three were placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail, where they were being held pending $120,000 bonds.
NEW YORK — Noah Syndergaard became the first pitcher in 36 years to homer and throw a shutout in a 1-0 victory, lifting the New York Mets over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.Syndergaard (2-3) struck out 10 and allowed four hits in his third career complete game, shaking off a sloppy start to the season with a do-it-all effort. He became the first Mets starter to get an out in the eighth this season, and the franchise’s first starter ever to go yard in a 1-0 complete game win.Thor did his hammering in the third inning, driving a ball 407 feet to the opposite field in left-center off Tyler Mahle (0-4).The previous pitcher to homer in a 1-0 complete-game win was the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Bob Welch against the Reds on June 17, 1983, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.New York Mets’ Noah Syndergaard touches home plate after hitting a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle during the third inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 2, 2019, in New York.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Reds leadoff hitter Jesse Winker got an earful from Mets fans after waving tauntingly at the Citi Field faithful following a pair of victories earlier in the series. Winker was booed prior to his first at-bat and waved at sarcastically by fans after striking out in the first and sixth.Jeers peaked in the ninth, when Winker was ejected arguing balls and strikes with plate umpire Marty Foster. Kyle Farmer replaced Winker and struck out looking, with the punchout going on Winker’s record.Mahle delivered five solid innings, with the only damage coming on Syndergaard’s strike. Mahle struck out seven with four hits and no walks.The Reds entered with 99 runs allowed this season, tied with AL East-leading Tampa Bay for best in baseball. They allowed one run over the final 18 innings of the series.A 407-foot, opposite field homer for @Noahsyndergaard!Maybe changing up the hair was a smart move? pic.twitter.com/zsQtPEmFIv— SNY (@SNYtv) May 2, 2019Syndergaard came in with a 6.35 ERA. His velocity picked up a tick from where he’d been this season, topping out at 99 mph, and he bailed out a well-worn bullpen with an efficient effort, throwing 74 of his 104.It was just the third complete-game shutout in the majors this season, following Colorado’s Márquez and Texas’ Mike Minor.Syndergaard’s second homer this season was the sixth of his career, tying Tom Seaver for second among Mets pitchers, one behind Dwight Gooden’s team record.New York entered with three homers from its pitching staff — including one each from Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler — which was tied with Arizona for the major league lead. The Mets’ four homers matched the franchise season record set in 2016.Syndergaard’s shot was the 11th homer by a pitcher in the majors this season, on pace to easily surpass the 34 such drives in 2003 for the most since the introduction of the designated hitter in 1973.Syndergaard got a standing ovation after hitting a flyball to deep center field in the eighth.Robinson Canó singled in the first inning for the 2,499th hit of his career.COACH PITCHNew St. John’s basketball coach Mike Anderson threw the ceremonial first pitch.TRAINER’S ROOMReds: 1B Joey Votto was out of the lineup for rest but entered as a pinch hitter.Mets: C Wilson Ramos took Winker’s foul tip off his right knee in the third. He crumpled in pain and was visited by a trainer but remained in the game. … 1B Pete Alonso was held out of the lineup to rest but pinch hit for Dominic Smith in the sixth.UP NEXTReds: Return home for four games against San Francisco. RHP Sonny Gray (0-4, 3.64) entered Thursday ranked seventh in wins above replacement (1.1, per Fangraphs). He’ll try for his first win against RHP Tyler Beede.Mets: Begin a six-game trip with the first of three at Milwaukee. LHP Steven Matz (3-1, 3.68) will face Brewers RHP Brandon Woodruff (3-1, 5.17).By: Jake Seiner, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
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Philanthropist and former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s annual meeting.Herb Kohl Philanthropies is giving $700,000 to allow hundreds of Boys & Girls Clubs youth to take an all-expenses paid educational field trip to the nation’s capital this summer.Philanthropist and former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s annual meeting.The gift will allow 680 kids from more than 20 Wisconsin Boys & Girls Clubs, including the organization’s Greater Milwaukee arm, to travel to Washington, D.C.Herb Kohl Philanthropies, the foundation established by the Milwaukee philanthropist and former U.S. Senator, is covering all meals, lodging, exhibits and travel expenses. Throughout the trip, students will learn about American government and history and visit higher education institutions.“We are pleased to support Boys & Girls Club youth around the state in this way,” Kohl said. “We want young people to see history come alive, expand their horizons and imagine themselves as our future leaders, and most of all, be ready to take their place as responsible, productive citizens of this great nation. Whether it’s the trip of a lifetime or a life-changing trip, we encourage and support Boys & Girls Club kids in their Learning Journey.” While in Washington, D.C., students will be able to visit the White House, Congress, Smithsonian, Holocaust Museum, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, National Museum of the American Indian, the U.S. Supreme Court and National Museum of African American History and Culture, among other landmarks. Every student will also tour a college or university.“Kohl Philanthropies prioritize youth who live in areas of poverty, or who qualify for reduced school lunch,” said Andy Gussert, state director for Boys & Girls Clubs. “Our mission is to enable young people who need us most to reach their full potential, so this is a perfect match.”The trips are expected to continue in 2019. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
Last updated on June 18th, 2019 at 10:41 amThree Dycora Transitional Health & Living skilled nursing facilities in southeast Wisconsin have been placed into receivership.The facilities include Dycora’s two Glendale locations, at 616 W. Bender Road and 1300 W. Silver Spring Drive, and its Greendale location at 5404 W. Loomis Road, along with the company’s five other Wisconsin nursing homes. Those facilities are located in Abbotsford, Beaver Dam, Fort Atkinson, Muscoda and Watertown.Attorney Michael Polsky of Beck, Chaet, Bamberger & Polsky S.C. has been appointed receiver for the facilities. He said the facilities will maintain normal business operations and retain all staff. Dycora’s facility at 1300 W. Silver Spring Drive inGlendale.An affiliate of Texas-based Golden Living Centers has been retained to continue operations of the facilities. The company previously owned all eight facilities before leasing them to Dycora in early 2017.“The health, safety and the comfort of the residents will be the primary concerns going forward,” said Wanda Prince, senior vice president of operations for Golden Living. “Our top goal at this time is to ensure that residents continue to receive seamless quality care in the centers from the staff they have come to know.”In addition to its eight Wisconsin locations, Dycora operates 19 skilled nursing facilities in California. Its corporate office is in Fresno, California.Several nursing home operators in Wisconsin have struggled in recent years. Most recently, Wellspring of Milwaukee, a 185-bed rehabilitation and skilled nursing center on the city’s northwest side, announced in fall 2018 it would close.Wisconsin’s skilled nursing home facilities face a $55 deficit for each patient per day compared to their Medicaid reimbursement. Nursing homes have traditionally subsidized their Medicaid loses with revenue from Medicare beneficiaries and private payers. In Wisconsin, about 65 percent of nursing home residents are Medicaid/Family Care recipients, while 23 percent pay with private insurance and 12 percent are Medicare beneficiaries. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe