8 Feb
2021

3 dead, including gunman, after home invasion in Wisconsin

first_imgKEWASKUM, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say three people are dead, including a man who exchanged gunfire with deputies, following a home invasion in eastern Wisconsin. Someone at a residence in the Town of Kewaskum called 911 on Wednesday afternoon after a man forced his way into the Washington County home and demanded keys to a vehicle. Authorities say the man then fatally shot a resident of the home. Sheriff’s deputies arrived and exchanged gunfire with the man, who ran away and was eventually found dead from a gunshot wound. During a search of nearby properties, SWAT officers found another person who died of an apparent gunshot wound.last_img

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20 Sep
2020

Officials launch page to file social distancing complaints about businesses

first_imgWith businesses reopening across Florida and social distance measures still in place, many are wondering how they can report businesses not enforcing executive orders to their customers.Officials have added a page on the My Florida license website where consumers can do just that.The website features a list of executive orders and a breakdown on what each one allows or prohibits.Users are encouraged to read through the orders before filing a complaint and explanation of that complaint.The website asks you to leave your name and email, however, you can always remain anonymous.Click here to visit the website MyFloridalicense.com.last_img

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26 Aug
2020

Five things to watch as Lakers look to Byron Scott to turn team around

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error 3. Will Scott bolster the Lakers’ defense? Scott will likely emphasize that area after the Lakers finished last season 29th in total team defense (109.2 points per game), 24th in defensive field goal percentage (46.8) and 30th in fast-break points allowed (16.7). It has remained fashionable to blame D’Antoni’s fast-paced system. But the problem also was rooted in the team’s personnel. Scott compiled a proven track record in coaching both New Jersey and New Orleans into top defensive teams. But in his three years in Cleveland, the Cavaliers finished in the bottom five in defensive efficiency. Obviously, Cleveland lacked the personnel following LeBron James’ defection. But that just illustrates why the verdict remains out on whether next season’s Lakers will mirror the teams Scott coached in New Jersey and New Orleans or the seasons he would rather forget about in Cleveland. 4. Expect some intense practices. No one will mistake this year’s Lakers team for Showtime’s star-studded lineups. But the current Lakers could experience similarly grueling practices. Scott has adopted Pat Riley’s approach in having intense practices full of live scrimmages, yelling and instruction. This should bolster the Lakers’ competitive juices. But it also establishes a fine line on how Scott handles aging players, such as Bryant and Steve Nash. Scott hardly needs a reminder how such hard practices may have contributed to his own hamstring injury that made him sit out the 1989 NBA Finals. 5. How will Scott handle a fluid roster? The Lakers may have wanted to match their personnel to the next head coach. But that may prove counter intuitive considering the Lakers’ roster will likely fluctuate in future seasons because of short-term contracts to various role players. That puts added pressure on Scott to show enough flexibility and creativity in juggling various in-season and off-season roster changes without straying away from his principles.Whatever the case, it appears Scott already has some ideas on how he will formulate his coaching staff. Paul Pressey is considered a favorite to be Scott’s lead assistant, according to league sources, after coaching on his staff in New Orleans and Cleveland. Scott’s son, Thomas, is also expected to join the staff after coaching with the D-Fenders, the Lakers’ Development League affiliate. It is also possible Scott could retain the team’s remaining coaches, including Johnny Davis, Mark Madsen and Larry Lewis. Lakers fans already like Scott for reasons going beyond not being named Mike Brown or Mike D’Antoni. Scott has extensive ties with the Lakers stemming from winning three NBA championships during the Showtime Era and playing 10 of his 14 NBA seasons here. That puts Scott at an immediate advantage in winning over the public even amid a rebuilding period. “I am ecstatic to once again be a Laker and to have the opportunity to work alongside Mitch and the Buss family,” Scott said in a statement. “I know first-hand what it takes to bring a championship to this city, and as someone who both grew up in L.A. and played the majority of my career here, I know how passionate and dedicated our fans are. I will give everything I have to fulfill the championship expectations that our supporters have for us, and that we have for ourselves.” 2. Will Scott’s strong relationship with Kobe Bryant pay off? Scott filled one huge check box the Lakers conceded would play a major factor in evaluating their next head coach. Scott has Bryant’s respect, rooted in a long-lasting relationship that began when Scott became a mentor 18 years ago during Bryant’s rookie season. Both will harp on Bryant’s supporting cast. Both believe Bryant is best served playing in the post in a deliberate offense. But will this relationship enable Bryant to become a one-man show? Or does Bryant respect Scott enough that he could limit his minutes and ensuring team balance to protect the aging star from himself?center_img It took three months before clarity ever emerged on who would coach the Lakers. They narrowed in on a familiar face in Byron Scott, whose four-year, $17 million deal with a team option on his last season was officially signed on Monday. “After an extensive and thorough search, we’re proud to welcome Byron back to the Lakers family as our next head coach,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. “Byron has proven himself at the highest levels of the game as both a player and a coach in his almost 30 years of NBA experience. His leadership skills and track record for success make him the ideal person to lead this franchise forward.” That may bring closure to a frenetic offseason in which the Lakers drafted Julius Randle, struck out on LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, lost Pau Gasol and added a flurry of players to fill a once vacant roster. But what’s next in the Lakers trying to restore their prominence after finishing last season with the worst record in L.A. franchise history? Below are five things to watch for pertaining to Scott’s role in turning this proud organization around. 1. Scott already has plenty of equity. last_img read more

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