Neighbor describes dead S.I. mother and son; and alleged killer

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016. Co-written with the SI Advance’s Social Media Reporter and Personality Shane DiMaio.]

“I used to argue with him because of how verbally abusive he was to his son — he’s mental.”

That’s what a neighbor said about 49-year-old Anthony Morales — the alleged killer of Idelle Rivera, 47, and her son, Anthony Rivera, 21, who both died after being shot in the face in Mariners Harbor Thursday.

A 22-year-old, Jose Ramirez, was also shot in the leg three times, but is expected to survive.

“Please open your eyes!” neighbor said to dying mother

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Still no bail for mom accused of killing newborn

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016.]

The New Springville mother who allegedly killed her newborn daughter by discarding the infant in the trash, was not present in Criminal Court Friday morning for a brief conference.

No certificate of indictment has been filed yet against Nausheen Rahman, 28, which would transfer the case to state Supreme Court, St. George.

She remains remanded to jail and held without bail.

Her next court date is scheduled for March 24.

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Good news: Stricken man is revived at Staten Island gym

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016.]

FDNY Lieutenant Michael Romano, Probationary Firefighter Niko Negron, and nurses Jennifer Cosentino and Erica Oppenheim teamed up to help save a man’s life at a gym in Tottenville.

It was close to noon Thursday at Retro Fitness at 2965 Veterans Road West.

Negron, Cosentino and Oppenheim, who were all off-duty and working out, were alerted to a man by the name of Frank, who was pale-faced with his head down and arms hanging.

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BREAKING: Jaspers extend Masiello

Well, this will eliminate some of the potential noise which was forthcoming about whether or not Steve Masiello, head Manhattan Jaspers men’s basketball coach, would remain with the school.

In an official announcement, Manhattan and Masiello have agreed to a four-year contract extension.

The news was first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman at 11:10 a.m. Thursday.

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Good news: Returned purse ‘restores faith in humanity’

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016.]

It was Superbowl Sunday, and Dawn Amoroso of Bulls Head was grocery shopping at Stop & Shop on Richmond Avenue in Bulls Head.

After she finished loading her car with her groceries, she suddenly realized her purse was missing.

She ran back into the supermarket to check near the cash register where she had just finished paying.

She couldn’t find it.

Then she went to the patio set area of the store where she did some of her shopping. Her purse wasn’t there either.

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‘She’s a great person,’ boss says of pizza deliverywoman who helped wandering tot

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016.]

She’s kind to her customers, too.

The Domino’s Pizza deliverywoman who has received media attention this week after, sources say, she went above and beyond to care for a 3-year-old she found wandering Morningstar Road alone just after 1 a.m. last week, had won over her co-workers with her caring demeanor — even before her recent heroics.

Lianna Lee-Chong, 20, was described as a “really nice person” by Andrew Blanch, her manager at the Domino’s at 1430 Richmond Ave. in Bulls Head.

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Meet the hero deliverywoman who rescued wandering tot

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016.]

If there’s one thing Lianna Lee-Chong has learned about children while babysitting her little cousins, it’s kids love technology.

So the cheerful, quick-thinking 20-year-old pizza deliverywoman relied on that knowledge when she came across a 3-year-old girl wandering alone along Morningstar Road in Elm Park just after 1 a.m. Thursday without a jacket.

The child began to cry when Lee-Chong asked her for her name and where her mom was, so the Castleton Corners woman — who was making a late-night delivery for Domino’s Pizza when she encountered the girl — handed her a cellphone to calm her down.

The tactic worked.

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Jaspers bitten by inju– [Lions], again

On a play most basketball practice constantly, Columbia University’s Grant Mullins passed a bullet into the chest of Peter Barba who quickly threw a sharp lob to the left corner arc where Luke Petrasek awaited a chance to win the game with about seven seconds remaining in regulation.

With his team down two, 71-70, Petrasek hoisted his 6 foot 10 inch frame over Manhattan College’s Zane Waterman — scored a career high 22 points — for an attempted 3-pointer. Swish. He gestures a modest fist-pump to himself and points to his teammates as he runs back on defense.

Luke Petrasek boxing out Carlton Allen during the second-half of Columbia’s, 72-71, win over Manhattan. Photo taken by Kevin Fuhrmann.
Luke Petrasek boxing out Carlton Allen during the second-half of Columbia’s, 72-71, win over Manhattan. Photo taken by Kevin Fuhrmann.

On the other end, Manhattan’s Tyler Wilson brings it up court frantically as the clock whittles down from five seconds. He shoots a pass down-low to a triple-teamed Rich Williams, who tries to draw the foul at first, but when he doesn’t get the call he tries to bank a layup off the glass to no avail.

When the buzzer went off Columbia found itself back over the .500 mark at 6-5 with the, 72-71, win over the now 1-6 Manhattan.

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Final Third on the MAAC Pitch: Mountain Hawks set up for repeat?

This is a column that takes a look at all of the MAAC men’s soccer teams throughout the course of the season and off-season.

As the ‘14 regular season came to a close, Quinnipiac University had to have felt pretty good about itself heading into the postseason as the No. 1 seed in the MAAC conference. Its goal, as is every other teams’, is to win the MAAC final for the championship title. It lost to Fairfield on penalty kicks, 3-1, before it could even think of a rematch with Monmouth.

Monmouth won its match against Iona College, 2-1, to advance and face-off with Fairfield in the championship. On a Dave Nigro golden goal in the 104th minute, Monmouth won 2-1. For its stay in the NCAA tournament, that didn’t last long because it lost in double overtime to No. 14 nationally ranked Xavier in the first round 2-1. Talk about irony to win or lose by the same exact score.

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Oh, snap!: Tommy John Surgery

Named “Best Sports News Article: 2014-2015” by Manhattan College’s “The Quadrangle”

The need for a pitcher to undergo Tommy John surgery (TJS) — repairment of the ulnar collateral ligament — is an epidemic.

Between ’05 and ’11, the average number of TJS cases in Major League Baseball per year was 16. That number skyrocketed from ’12 to ’14, increasing to 28 per year. In ’14 alone, there were more TJS conducted than in the entire ’90s: 80, according to ESPN’s Sport Science.

TJS has an 80-percent success rate, which is high but still leaves pitchers with a one in five chance of failure, according to USA TODAY Sports.

“It’s not so much the MLB organizations but the pitchers, even going back to youth baseball, which is problematic,” Andy Martino, “New York Daily News” baseball insider, said. “A lot of times pitchers are drafted already well along the way in having this kind of damage because of overuse. … There are all kinds of debate. Nobody knows the answer. Teams are trying all sorts of different things and there’s no evidence that anything is really helping or hurting. It’s just hard to figure out.”

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Jaspers to host ’15 MAAC championship

Three months ago, it was announced that the Manhattan Jaspers baseball program would no longer be calling Van Cortlandt Park home.

The park that is in constant need of field work done by the Jaspers themselves, uneven dirt in the infield and on the pitcher’s mound, pocketed grass in the outfield and an aging scoreboard. That’s all without mentioning the singular set of bleachers for fans and students to sit on that creak and rattle when climbed and walked on, making the trespasser fear that the seats are about to cave in and collapse.

This is the same park that housed the 2012 Jasper team to post an 18-0 undefeated home record. From its cons to its pros, they’re exchanging Van Cortlandt for Dutchess Stadium, a 4,494 seat AstroTurf minor league stadium home to the Tampa Bay Rays class-A affiliate the Hudson Valley Renegades, in Wappingers Fall, N.Y.

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