Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Patchogue native who admitted joining al Qaeda but later cooperated with federal authorities investigating the global terrorist organization was sentenced Thursday to eight ½ years time served, plus 90 days in jail.Bryant Neal Vinas had pleaded guilty at Brooklyn federal court in 2009 to conspiring to murder U.S. nationals for helping plot to blow up the Long Island Rail Road. He had faced up to life in prison but will be released by this summer because of his cooperation.“I consulted with a senior al Qaeda leader and provided detailed information about the operation of the Long Island Rail Road system which I knew because I had ridden the railroad on many occasions,” Vinas told a judge, according to the Associated Press.Law enforcement officials told the AP that he provided a “treasure trove” of intelligence about the terror group. He was captured in Pakistan in 2008, a year after he joined al Qaeda follow by his conversion to Islam.“We can proudly state that Mr. Vinas took the worst experience in his life and turned himself into one of America’s greatest weapons against al Qaeda,” his attorneys said, CNN reported.
MIRAMAR, FL – The Miramar Police department will become the 103rd police department in Florida to equip its officers with body cameras. The move announcement comes six months after Commissioner Alexandra P. Davis made the motion to implement the program in the department.On March 27, 2019, Davis posed the implementation of a body-worn camera program for the Miramar Police Department. The motioned was seconded and a majority vote led to the long-awaited body camera program becoming law in the City of Miramar. The body camera program was first proposed by Commissioner Alexandra P. Davis back in 2014, with petitions being signed subsequent to this, but though a study was conducted the program never came to fruition.Days later, a pilot program was established that began with twelve officers to develop operational processes and policy for a full camera program.Last month, a workshop was convened with the Commission to present the proposal of a full program for consideration and approval. The proposal consisted of outfitting 147 first-line officers and sergeants with body-worn cameras for a five-year period with a cost of $2,501,746.52, with none of the initial funds coming out of taxpayer dollars but from the Police Trust Fund.The Commission approved the proposed program and funding sources for the five-year period. The Department has already procured the camera equipment and infrastructure items.“I am happy that our City has joined the other cities around the country in the utilization of body camera technology. This technology will further assist in providing transparency in our law enforcement efforts within our community,” said Vice Mayor, Alexander P. Davis.“Just recently during the pilot phase of the program, we were able to see the value of the body-worn camera by one of our officers. A situation that could have been made much worse had it not been for the quick actions of our officer and the fact that he was wearing the camera. In this instance, there was no loss of life and the suspect was identified and apprehended,” Vice Mayor goes on to say.The City Administration feels it is a win-win for the Department and the residents of the City.Chief Dexter Williams stated that he will be making a Public Service Announcement video regarding the implementation of body-worn cameras by officers, with the full implementation expected to be completed and underway by the end of September 2019 . The video will be posted on the Department’s website and will be pushed out through the Department’s social media platforms. Community Resource Officers will discuss the implementation of the program at HOA meetings over the course of the next few months.Additionally, Vice Mayor Alexandra P. Davis will be hosting a ‘CommUnity and Cops’ forum on October 22nd which will include discussions on many topics of Law Enforcement to include the use of body cameras.
Busch was on the verge of reaching that feat in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway, but a late pit-road penalty ended his hopes. He ended up finishing second after leading a race-high 98 laps. His first career Cup win came in Fontana, which made Sunday’s victory even more fitting.Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was in the mix to start the race, but he spun out early in Stage 1. Here’s what happened to @StenhouseJr to put us under the yellow flag and bring Stage 1 to a close. pic.twitter.com/Du0g86Ko5Z— NASCAR (@NASCAR) March 17, 2019Busch’s victory Sunday gave him his 53rd career NASCAR Cup win, and his second of the season. He now joins Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth as the only three-time winners at Fontana. With the 200 career wins milestone to add to his already impressive resume, Busch is drawing comparisons to the legendary Richard Petty, who won 200 races in NASCAR’s top series.Monster Energy NASCAR results at CaliforniaKyle BuschJoey LoganoBrad KeselowskiKevin HarvickRyan BlaneyKurt BuschDenny HamlinMartin Truex Jr.Aric AlmirolaAustin DillonChase ElliottKyle LarsonDaniel SuarezRicky Stenhouse Jr.William ByronChris BuescherJimmie JohnsonMatt DiBenedettoErik JonesPaul MenardAlex BowmanRyan NewmanRyan PreeceMichael McDowellDavid RaganMatt TifftTy DillonRoss ChastainLandon CassillBubba WallaceCorey LaJoieCody WareDaniel HemricReed SorensonJoey GaseGarrett SmithleyB.J. McLeodClint Bowyer Kyle Busch pulled off an unlikely win Sunday in the Auto Club 400 in Southern California to secure his 200th career victory across NASCAR’s three major series. After starting fourth, Bush swept the first and second stages and led for a race-high 134 laps, but a costly penalty saw him fall from the top spot to the bottom of the pack. He received a penalty for speeding off the pit road to start Stage 3, which initially gave Brad Keselowski the lead.PENALTY: @KyleBusch … too fast on pit road.#AutoClub400 | @ACSupdates pic.twitter.com/QdcCoEFHDv— NASCAR (@NASCAR) March 17, 2019Busch came off the restart in 18th place and quickly fought to retake the lead. He held off Joey Logano and Keselowski down the stretch, while Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top five.