Though property crimes jumped slightly over the past three weeks — due in large part to the absence of students — overall crime rates continue to decrease compared with previous years.A number of crimes — mostly residential burglaries, bike thefts and auto burglaries — were reported to the Department of Public Safety during the past three weeks, but DPS Capt. David Carlisle said the crime rates this winter break were the lowest they have been in five years.“We have had a very steady decline in winter break crimes since 2005,” Carlisle said.Daily Trojan | Leah TurnerDPS is attributing the shrinking crime rates to Compstat, a program initiated by former LAPD Chief William Bratton that helps monitor crime.“The main thing is measuring where the crime is occurring and really closely measuring crime, monitoring, putting it on a map and holding our supervisors accountable to address strategies that reduce crime,” Carlisle said.DPS has been consistently working to combat crime during school breaks by offering programs like the Group Initiative for Theft-prevention, which offers free parking for students in the Parking Center, which is patrolled and secured during winter break.DPS also distributes crime prevention tips to students via e-mail. Carlisle said often when crimes occur it is because students have not adequately utilized DPS’ resources.“Some of the issues that we have are that people leave over the break and don’t take advantage of the crime prevention programs we offer,” Carlisle said.Despite the overall drop in crime, Carlisle did cite one serious crime that occurred near campus, when three juveniles tried to rob a woman with a knife near the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and McClintock Avenue.Though the would-be robbers were caught, Carlisle said DPS is continuing to work to prevent robberies.“One robbery is too many,” Carlisle said. “But we did catch them and they will be prosecuted.”
Sophomore tennis star Sabrina Santamaria has accomplished quite a bit during her young, wildly successful career, and this week saw yet another achievement added to an already impressive list. Santamaria was named the Pac-12’s player of the week on Tuesday for the third time this season after impressive performances last weekend against the Arizona schools.Loaded · Sophomore Sabrina Santamaria is the highest ranked of four USC players who are ranked in the top 60 of the ITA’s current rankings. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan Against the Sun Devils, the Women of Troy pulled off a 7-0 sweep to hand ASU its first conference loss of the season, moving USC into sole possession of first place. In that match, the No. 2-ranked Santamaria defeated ASU’s No. 23 Jacqueline Cako 6-3, 6-3. Santamaria also was strong in doubles, pairing with senior Danielle Lao for the first time this season against ASU. The duo was ahead 6-5 when the match was suspended after USC had secured the doubles point.Against Arizona, Santamaria knocked off another ranked opponent in Arizona’s No. 64-ranked Lacey Smyth. Santamaria was pushed in the second set but won by a score of 6-3, 7-6 to clinch the win for USC. In doubles, Santamaria teamed with Lao again, and this time the pair cruised to an 8-1 victory over Arizona’s Smyth and Shayne Austin.On the year, Santamaria is a stellar 28-3 overall in singles matches and a perfect 15-0 in dual matches. She is also a flawless 26-0 in doubles matches, teaming with Lao and her primary partner, junior Kaitlyn Christian. The duo of Santamaria and Christian is currently ranked No. 1 in the country and has won back-to-back ITA national indoor doubles championships.Santamaria capped of an impressive freshman campaign by hauling in a plethora of impressive awards, including a spot on the ITA All-American singles and doubles teams. She and Christian also won the Pac-12 Doubles Championship and were named the Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year. This season has seen an extension of that success, as her individual ranking is at a career high, and she has teamed with Christian to win both the ITA national indoors championship as well as the ITA/Riviera All-American doubles championship.Santamaria is the sixth different USC player to win the Pac-12’s weekly honor this season. The Women of Troy will continue their quest for a conference championship this weekend when they take on Oregon on Sunday, April 14 in Eugene, Ore.
By Christine Rumleskie- Advertisement – It’s the end of an era for an iconic building in Fort St. John.Workers are slowly ripping away what’s left of the old Fort Motors dealership located on 100th Street.The building’s frame has a unique history. The steel was previously used in administrative buildings when the W.A.C. Bennett dam was constructed nearly 50 years ago. After the project’s completion, the steel was scooped up, and relocated to downtown Fort St. John.Fort Motors occupied the building until 2007.The building been vacant since then, and the steel has once again been sold. The lot is now currently for sale.Advertisement Photo: Workers tear down what’s left of the old Fort Motors building on Wednesday – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca
Influential Harps midfielder Michael Funston has been ruled out for tonight’s match against Waterford at the RSC due to illnes.Ollie Horgan has a threadbare squad after losing another two key players prior to tonight’s crucial First Division clash with Waterford United at the RCS.Horgan knew last week that he had to plan without the influential duo of Damien McNulty and Packie Mailey due to suspension, while Caoimhe Bonner is still serving his suspension for his red card against Wexford a fortnight ago.Gareth Harkin who has enjoyed a fine run of form of late, was ruled out during the week due to work commitments. However in the last 24 hours Horgan has lost the services of Michael Funston due to an illness and Darragh Black to injury.The absence of the midfielder is a huge blow to Harps, who could certainly do with his energy, drive and experience tonight.Black sustained a nasty injury at training on Wednesday night and is expected to be out for at least six weeks.It is unfortunate for Black who looked likely to earn a start, after a number of impressive displays for the reserve side in recent weeks. It now leaves Horgan without five regular starters, and with a number of players leaving the club recently it leaves his squad very thin for what is always a difficult fixture in Waterford.Harps have proved to be an extremely difficult opponent to beat this season, losing only five matches all season is a testament to their defensive solidity.However, they desperately need a win to keep their promotion hopes alive.A win tonight would keep them in the hunt especially with winnable games against Cobh Ramblers and Shamrock Rovers B in the next few weeks.A victory would also boost confidence ahead of next week’s crucial FAI cup tie against Wexford Youths. MORE SELECTION HEADACHE FOR HORGAN AS TWO MORE RULED OUT FOR TRIP TO WATERFORD was last modified: August 15th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AbsentBlowDarragh BlackFinn Harps FCMichael FunstonmissingnewsSportsuspendedWaterford Utd