Greensburg police add bike patrols

first_imgGreensburg, Ind. —Police in Greensburg have begun bike patrols to combat crime in alleyways and walking paths in the city. The volunteer program will involve four to six officers and allow access to areas that are not possible for vehicle-based patrols.The city has purchased three rugged bicycles equipped with lights and sirens. The bikes were purchased from a Columbus retailer at no cost to the taxpayers.Police chief Brendan Bridges says initially the patrols will target the Charles L. Buell Walking Trails and downtown alleys. Reports of drug abuse and improper disposal of hypodermic needles and burglaries have come from both areas. He says the program will give officers the opportunity for more personal exchanges with the public.The program has been supported by the Decatur County Community Foundation, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, Walmart and the Decatur County Community Action Coalition.last_img read more

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Syracuse women’s basketball opponent preview: What to know about Coppin State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ After back-to-back victories at home last week, No. 20 Syracuse (6-3) looks for its third straight nonconference win when it hosts Coppin State (0-7) on Wednesday at 11 a.m. The Orange handled Michigan State and Central Connecticut State in a pair of double-digit wins last week.Here’s what you need to know for Wednesday’s matchup.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 4-0Last time they met: On Dec. 9, 2015, SU improved to 6-2 with a 32-point blowout win over the Eagles. Alexis Peterson scored 15 points, Julia Chandler totaled 11, Briana Day netted eight points and Brittney Sykes scored four in the 88-56 win. Forward Isabella Slim was SU’s only player to see at least 10 minutes of action and not score. Then-senior guard Cornelia Fondren dished out seven assists.The Coppin State report: The Eagles last made the NCAA tournament in 2008 and haven’t had a winning season in three years. Their one common opponent with SU is George Washington, a team CSU lost to 31 on Nov. 16. Syracuse nearly blew an 18-point lead against the Colonials but escaped with a 74-71 win last month. Coppin State has played one ranked team this year, then-No. 21 West Virginia. The Mountaineers won convincingly, 69-39. Against unranked Virginia, CSU lost 103-40.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Eagles are struggling this season, scoring only 48.4 points per game and giving up 73.9. Just one player, senior guard Keena Samuels, averages more than 10 points per outing. The winless Eagles get down early — opponents have outscored the team 133 to 70 in the first quarter — and stay down. Their closest loss came on Saturday, a 69-65 loss at Towson.Opponents shoot 42 percent against CSU, which hits only 27.4 percent of its shots from the field. Genesis Lucas (9.3 points), Vanessa Neal (7.6) and Tiara Goode (7.4) round out the Eagles’ top scorers.How Syracuse beats Coppin State: CSU has yet to even win a game. Peterson, Sykes and the rest of the Orange will likely have their way as SU gets its seventh win with its usual formula of pressure and 3s.Stat to know: 9.56 — Syracuse’s turnover margin, fifth-best in the countryPlayer to watch: Keena Samuels, guard, No. 21The 5-foot-7 senior is Coppin State’s best player even though her 29.1 minutes per game average places only fourth on the team. She leads Coppin State’s starters in points per game (11), free throw percentage (74 percent), 3-point percentage (33.3) and field goal percentage (32.5). As a junior last year, Samuels started in 30 games, averaging 11.7 points, which led the team and placed 12th in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Comments Published on December 6, 2016 at 10:13 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

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Ranking Pac-12 football coaches for 2019: USC’s Clay Helton slips to crowded middle

first_imgIs that fair? Helton did lead the Trojans to the Rose Bowl in 2017 and Cotton Bowl in 2018, and most of that was with the help of first-round pick Sam Darnold. With the right quarterback, Helton could be in business.MORE: Pac-12 2019 early conference primerThat said, USC cannot have the sixth-ranked coach in the conference and expect to compete for national championships. The rest of the field is improving too. Mel Tucker joins that group with his first year in Colorado.With that in mind, here is a look at our Pac-12 coach rankings:  2019 Pac-12 Coach Rankings  RankNameSchoolWLPCT.OVR1Chris PetersenWashington13933.80862David ShawStanford8226.759113Mike LeachWashington State13383.616174Kyle WhittinghamUtah12061.663215Chip KellyUCLA4916.754296Clay HeltonUSC3217.653317Mario CristobalOregon3652.409438Herm EdwardsArizona State76.538449Kevin SumlinArizona9150.6456010Justin WilcoxCal1213.4806411Jonathan SmithOregon State210.1677212Mel TuckerColorado00.00078MORE: SN’s post-spring preseason top 25Quick reads  — Washington’s Chris Petersen is the only top-10 coach in this year’s ranking. He has the highest winning percentage among coaches with at least 100 victories, at .808. Sporting News’ annual 1-130 coach rankings are here. Today, we’ll dig a little deeper into our Pac-12 coach rankings.  USC’s Clay Helton is the coach in focus after a 5-7 season knocked him out of the top 25 in our overall rankings. Helton has a remodeled coaching staff and a ton of pressure heading into the 2019 season. — Chip Kelly had a 10-spot drop in the overall rankings after a 3-9 record in his first season at UCLA. Kelly still has coached in a national championship game this decade. He could easily jump back up.— David Shaw and Mike Leach also have winning percentages of better than .700 over the last three seasons. The Cardinal won the conference championship in 2015. Leach is still looking for that breakthrough with the Cougars.— Among returning coaches, Arizona State’s Herm Edwards jumped 43 spots from last year’s overall rankings for the biggest gain. Arizona’s Kevin Sumlin had a 22-spot fall for the biggest drop.last_img read more

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