Prison sentence hangs over teenager who pounced on schoolboy

first_imgPrint NewsLocal NewsPrison sentence hangs over teenager who pounced on schoolboyBy admin – October 10, 2011 745 Linkedin Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img JUDGE Carroll Moran told a 19-year-old man that he could face a three-year prison sentence for the attempted robbery and the production of a knife to a 12-year-old secondary school student walking home after school.  Samuel Cribbins, with an address at 15 Norbiton Hall, Raheen, was before Judge Carroll Moran, after he pleaded guilty to the offences last month. The court heard that the 12-year-old boy was walking home from a secondary school when he noticed a teenager ahead of him acting suspiciously.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Garda Annmarie Hassett, Mayorstone Garda Station, told the court that on December 20 last, she was on patrol in the northside of the city when a mother and son stopped the Garda car to alert them to an incident that had just occurred shortly after 3pm. The teen, who the boy later identified to be the accused, was wearing a dark hoody and had his face initially covered with a balaclava. The boy crossed the road and walked through the grounds of a nearby church to avoid passing the suspicious character, but as the pair neared a residential drive adjacent to the Ennis Road, Cribbins, the court heard, pounced on him demanding his mobile phone. “Gimme your phone or I’ll dig the head off you,” is what was reported to have been said by Cribbins to the youth. The court heard that during the attack, the boy’s assailant drew a blue handled knife and attempted to cut open his pockets. He then lifted him and threw him to the ground. After a brief struggle, the boy made good his escape and fled towards two people walking near the scene, and alerted them to his attacker.Shortly after, the assailant ran off and the boy’s mother arrived on scene. The court heard that Cribbins was identified by the boy from the patrol car as he walked near the Gaelic Grounds. Cribbins was arrested and found in possession of a blue handle knife, and wearing a dark hoody. In his defence, Brian McInerney, representing the accused, said that Limerick city had many youths wearing similar type hoodies and that Cribbins initially said he had the knife for his own protection. It was also offered that Cribbin, who has suffered from an addiction to prescription tablets since his junior cert years, only asked the youth for his phone and then ran off. The court heard that Cribbins had received a three-month suspended sentence just five days before the attempted robbery incident, and that on May 4 last, “he saw the inside of Mulgrave Street prison,” according to Mr McInerney, as part of a three month sentence handed down for theft. Mr McInerney further stated that Cribbins had encountered some personal difficulties in the last few years when he became addicted to tablets, but when he wasn’t taking them, he was a pleasant and polite young man. Garda Hassett agreed when this was put to her. The court also heard that Cribbins was engaged with the Limerick Youth Service since March 2010, having prematurely left secondary school.Mr McInerney told the court this was the same school that the 12-year-old boy attended.Judge Carroll Moran said that it was a frightening set of events for the boy and his mother, and that an appropriate sentence of three years would be applicable. However, following pleas and mitigation, he deferred the matter until next January, and ordered that Cribbins engage with the Probation Services fully. “I have a three year sentence in mind… I will review it again, but it’s curtains if he gets in trouble between this and then”.The matter was adjourned until January 10, 2012. Advertisement WhatsApp Previous articleSocial media risks highlighted at Sports Law SeminarNext articleShots fired on car that rammed gardai adminlast_img read more

Pandemic unemployment payment to stop for thousands tomorrow

first_img Previous articleMarble Hill Beach Road closed for maintenance worksNext articleHosepipe ban to remain in place despite recent rainfall News Highland Pandemic unemployment payment to stop for thousands tomorrow Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp By News Highland – June 22, 2020 Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNewscenter_img Pinterest Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Google+ Twitter Nearly 33 thousand fewer people will receive the pandemic unemployment payment tomorrow.Over 465 thousand will claim the payment of 350 euro this week.The government says 17 thousand will receive the payment for the last time as they return to work.Elizabeth Canavan from the Department of the Taoiseach says the number of people receiving the payment has dropped as the country reopens:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApplast_img read more

Rising Ocean Temps Give Beachgoers Warm Feelings

first_imgOcean City lifeguards Kevin McClintock, left, and Doug Schmitt are getting ready to close out their summer season on the beach. By Tim KellyCome on in! The water’s fine!Or perhaps more accurately, we should say it’s warm.Over the last two weeks and before that since roughly mid-August, the ocean temperature in Ocean City has ranged between the mid to high 70s and actually topped 80 degrees several times just before Hurricane Florence’s effects moved into the area. The warming trend continued this week as rough surf from the storm and mild water temps helped draw surfers and swimmers into the ocean. The Ocean City Beach Patrol will have lifeguards on duty at a limited number of beaches through this weekend to close out the summer season.“We used to call September ‘Locals Summer,’” said Mark Jamieson, Beach Patrol chief. “The city does a great job putting events together for the September weekends, and the word has gotten out. Not only do you have more locals out and about, but you also see more visitors around town.”Emily and David Sadd, of Pittsburgh, are taking a September vacation at the shore for the second straight year.Emily and David Sadd, of Pittsburgh, rented a house for the week and were enjoying the beach with their five kids on Tuesday afternoon. The official water temperature was 75 degrees.“It’s so warm, you can jump in there and stay underwater all day,” David Sadd said. “It was like this last September, too.”Emily Sadd, who said the family’s tradition of coming to America’s Greatest Family Resort dates back at least four decades, is a huge fan of September at the shore.“There aren’t lines to stand in and there’s plenty of parking. And the pace is just slower,” she said. “It’s easier to relax.”Crowds of sunbathers and swimmers enjoy the beach off Brighton Place.Our unscientific survey of folks squeezing out the last bit of summer showed the Sadds are not alone.A surfer, who asked to be identified as “Weapon X,” said it was “a lot more fun” to surf “bareback (sans wetsuit) and stay out there for a long time.”“How long is this (warm ocean) going to continue?” asked a 40-something man, emerging from the surf.  “I’m supposed to be in work today. That’s not the problem. The problem is, I don’t want to go back.”Answering that question is difficult to say. But basically, it has nothing to do with global warming or climate change, and has everything to do with the summer heat, humidity and most of all, wind direction. “This is really the norm around here for this time of year,” said lifeguard Doug Schmitt, of Havertown, Pa., a 36-year veteran of the OCBP. He was on duty at Brighton Place Beach, one of the few remaining guarded beaches for the last week of the season.Lt. Ronald Kark, on ATV, talks with fellow lifeguard Doug Schmitt.When the weather gets hot and the water temperature warms to its normal August temperatures, Schmitt said the winds decide if the water will cool or stay warm. An onshore or sea breeze will retain the warm temperatures, an offshore or land breeze will cause the ocean temperature to drop. The opposite is true of the air temperature, according to Schmitt’s partner, Kevin McClintock, of Linwood, a five-year OCBP veteran. It wasn’t unusual during the recent heatwave for McClintock and Schmitt to be wearing sweats in the lifeguard chair because of the sea breeze, while just a few feet away, people were sweltering. “With an offshore wind, the water stays warm and the air is cooler,” McClintock explained. “An onshore wind, the air is warmer and the water cooler.” Lt. Ronald Kark of the OCBP said from a directional standpoint, winds from the west are the cooling ones for the ocean, and this year those were absent for almost three weeks, leading up to the first signs of Hurricane Florence.  “My theory is because there were no sustained westerly winds for such a prolonged period, some of the warmer waters of the Gulfstream found their way here,” Kark said.The surf is a little rough, but the water termperature is in the comfortable 70s.All the lifeguards agreed the waters off the Ocean City beaches do not generally cool until October, when the westerly winds typically arrive for three or four days at a time, which can drop the temperature fairly rapidly.None of the guards or bathers said they ever remembered a time when the ocean temperature topped 80 degrees. “Some of the more active swimmers and surfers like it a bit cooler. They are being active, and like the ocean to cool them off.  Some say they don’t like it this warm,” Jamieson said. Also to be considered is upwelling, the oceanic process of wind-driven churning of deeper, cooler water into the waters closer to the beach. All of these factors come into play in determining the ocean temperature at any given time or location.“It’s a huge, moving body of water,” Jamieson said. “Pinning down an exact temperature isn’t easy. You could go out there and stick a thermometer in the water and because of wind, currents, depth of the water and many other factors, you could get a completely different number than the ‘official’ one,” he said.Also, the posted Ocean City water temperature usually comes from the website data of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Jamieson said, which is taken from buoys off Atlantic City, and not locally. Regardless of the scientific explanations and theories, those on the beach Wednesday were simply happy to reap the benefits of swimming in an ocean that just feels warmer than during most times of the year.Friends Karen Andronici, left, and Alyce Tyburczy, both retired educators, make it a tradition to vacation at the beach in September.Retired educators Karen Andronici and Alyce Tyburczy, from Medford Lakes and Mount Laurel, respectively, have been vacationing in September for more than 10 years.Andronici, a former school administrator, said, “The teachers have seen enough of me by the time school starts, so that was how I began taking vacation at this time of year.”Since then, the two friends have been coming to Ocean City, and that always means going into the ocean.“It’s warm. It’s walk-right-in warm,” Tyburczy said. “We’re always here in September, and we’re always in the water.”“I went in up to my waist and had my headphones on. I enjoyed the ocean and my music,” Andronici said. Sisters Susan Campbell, Kellie Davis and Jamie Davis and Kellie’s daughter, Brynn, from Wilmington, Del., and Lancaster, Pa., were visiting Ocean City for the first time. “It’s amazing here,” Campbell said. “We were in the water for three hours. I put Brynn on my back and we were double-decker diving. We were (body surfing). It was truly a day at the beach.”Jamie Davis chimed in: “I went in, too … to empty my bladder. Maybe that’s why it felt warm.”From left, Susan Campbell, Kellie Davis, Jamie Davis and Brynn Buchannon are first-time visitors to Ocean City.last_img read more

Build up continues to Wallabies clash.

first_imgThe Irish squad will train at Carton House today as preparations continue for Saturday’s final November international with Australia.Ulster Hooker Rory Best has returned to training and will be available having missed the wins over South Africa and Georgia.Not such good news for his provincial teammate Chris Henry however. The 30 year old was forced out of the Springboks game with what has now been diagnosed as a blockage to a blood vessel in his brain.Henry is now recuperating at home and will visit a specialist to determine the extent of the problem.last_img