Batesville, In. — Detectives in Batesville continue to sift through clues to find those responsible for two recent day-time burglaries. Chief Stan Holt says evidence has been collected at the scene and is being processed by Indiana State Police.The first burglary occurred in the 1000 block of Columbus Avenue on the morning of July 29. The second was reported on Wood Lawn Drive near Huntersville Road. Police thieves got away with cash and jewelry.Chief Holt offers the following advice for residents:Keep doors and windows lockedNever place valuables in open viewStay aware of what is happening in and around your propertyUse an alarm when possibleKeep areas well lit at nightIf you see suspicious activity call 812-934-3131. Always give police the time of day, description, direction of travel and any other information to identify suspectsIf you see a crime in progress call 911
… Baptiste chides indisciplined teamsTHE winners of the recently concluded Guinness Greatest of the Streets Football Challenge were yesterday morning presented with their monetary prizes and trophies at a simple ceremony.Held at the Banks DIH Sports Club at Thirst Park, winners Sparta Boss collected their $500 000 and trophy after they beat Tucville, who pocketed $200 000 and a trophy.Third- and fourth-place winners Back Circle and Broad Street also picked up their earnings of $150 000 and $75 000 respectively after Friday’s presentation ceremony that preceded the game that was washed out by rain.Speaking yesterday, Guinness Brand Manager Lee Baptiste scolded those teams who showed indiscipline, adding that those behaviours will be met with the harsh penalties in the coming legs.“For the first time we had a main sponsor for the uniforms and I had to be going every night to ensure that the teams wore their uniforms. A whole team came out without their uniforms and we had to stop the whole night’s proceedings for them to go and get their uniforms. That’s not going to happen anymore,” Baptiste said.He continued, “From the next sub-meet, you come on the court without your uniform, socks, trunks T-shirt, (if) it’s one player, (he/she) cannot play; the whole team (without uniform), the whole team cannot play; immediate walkover. It’s got to stop.”He, however, lauded the various winners, reminding that they are not only brand ambassadors for their community but now, their region adding that on-field play has improved drastically.“The officials were just telling me that we had only one yellow card for the entire tournament which was a high improvement from the previous one.”Also in attendance yesterday was Director of Sport Christopher Jones who said that government is taking note of the work that Guinness is doing in the communities and will do its bit to support that initiative.“We at the National Sports Commission are continuing to have discussions with the Ministry of Finance. We want to see that the ministry can provide to companies/corporate Guyana, who would lend support to the development of sports,” he added.He continued, ‘Tax breaks, tax exemptions; tax holidays and so forth,” are what the Sport Director indicated are the recommendations on the table by the NSC, adding that he is hopeful in 2017 those discussions can be realised.Meanwhile, Colours representatives indicated that they were pleased to be on board for a second year running and were pleased at the support that they have seen.The top four teams will move onto the regional front with the next leg set for late January.
Trading Chris Paul for Russell Westbrook makes Rockets ‘a better team’ Wojnarowski added that the Thunder and Heat started the process late Thursday night as soon as the trade between the Rockets and Thunder was agreed to. The report adds that there are other teams that Oklahoma City will consider, though Paul’s market is considered to be small. The one hurdle that Oklahoma City could face in moving Paul is the fact that the interested team would have to take on Paul’s massive contract as the 34-year-old has three years and $124 million remaining on his deal. ESPN initially reported Thursday that the Rockets had attempted to involve a third team in their trade with the Thunder in hopes of finding Paul a more suitable home. Related News NBA trade rumors: James Harden, Chris Paul tension didn’t factor into Russell Westbrook deal Chris Paul may not stay with the Thunder for long. After the Rockets sent the guard to Oklahoma City — along with two protected first-rounders in 2024 and 2026 — in exchange for Russell Westbrook, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday on “Get Up” that the Thunder are working with the Heat on a deal. Wojnarowski adds that Oklahoma City is trying to move Paul “as soon as they can” with the hope Paul won’t “play a game in a Thunder uniform.” Russell Westbrook trade rumors: Thunder send star to Rockets for package including Chris Paul Paul, entering his 15th season in the league, wants to be part of a team that will be playoff contenders, rather than a franchise (like the Thunder) that is rebuilding with young talent after moving Paul George to the Clippers and Jerami Grant to the Nuggets, ESPN notes. Paul struggled with injuries and had a down season during 2018-19, averaging 15.6 points with 8.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds through 58 starts for Houston.