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Mourinho unconcerned by Chelsea’s transfer ban being lifted

first_imgJose Mourinho is unconcerned by Chelsea’s transfer ban being lifted and believes his former club may struggle to strengthen their team even with a “multi-million budget”.Frank Lampard’s Blues are free to sign players in January after their two-window ban was halved after appealing against the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).Spurs are currently nine points behind their top-four rivals in the battle for Champions League qualification ahead of Saturday’s home game against Burnley.Tottenham boss Mourinho, whose second spell at Stamford Bridge ended in 2015, expects the reduction of the FIFA sanction to have minimal impact.“I’m not worried with that. First of all, I’m not looking to the distance we have to Chelsea,” said Mourinho. “Between us and Chelsea there are still two or three teams, so you cannot look so high and so far in this moment.“The second situation is for me that it’s not easy to get better players than they have – they have very good players.“I don’t think even with a ban or even with a hypothetical multi-million budget to spend, I’m not very, very sure they can get much better players than they have.”Mourinho suffered his first defeat since succeeding Mauricio Pochettino when Spurs were beaten 2-1 at Manchester United on Wednesday evening.Out-of-favour midfielder Christian Eriksen, whose contract expires at the end of the season, was once again used as a substitute in that game.The Denmark international has yet to start a match under his new manager and has been linked with a free transfer move to Old Trafford.Mourinho has spoken to the 27-year-old about his future and says the club is more important than individuals.“My feelings are until I have anything official, rather than hypothetical things and speculation, there is not much to comment,” said Mourinho.“Of course I have had a conversation with him, of course I have to defend the best interests of my club.“My club is more important than my players and my players are more important than me. But the club is more important than any one of us, so that’s the way I think.“I’m not going to answer you. I think that’s him that has to tell you.“Is he a fantastic player? He is. But the situation is that I have to think first in the club interests.“What we spoke, I am perfectly fine with it. I have absolutely nothing to hide.”During the midweek defeat to United, Spurs conceded twice for the fourth consecutive match of Mourinho’s short tenure.The Portuguese, who will rest his players in next week’s Champions League dead rubber against Bayern Munich, admits his porous backline needs tightening but says it will take time and is eager to avoid reducing the team’s goal threat.“We have to sort out our defence without losing what we have in attack,” he said. “We concede two goals in each one of my four matches but we score in all of them, we could score even more than we did.“But we are conceding too much and we are conceding cheap goals and we have to try to stop it. The best way to do it is to work, (but) we have no time to work (at the moment).“Let’s wait a little bit until next week where we have the Bayern match. That will be a match when I am going to rest some players, so I will work with the players who are not going to be involved.”Goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm, defender Ben Davies and winger Erik Lamela remain sidelined for the visit of the Clarets.last_img read more

No charges in death of 10-year-old student – Hicken

first_imgThe Guyana Police Force is working along with the parties involved in the recent death of a 10-year-old pupil, who died several days after being kicked in the stomach by a classmate.According to A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander, Clifton Hicken, the Police Force, the Education Ministry, the teachers of the school in question and social workers are all working together on the matter.He also told Guyana Times on Thursday that they have been in contact with theA Division Commander Clifton Hickenfamilies of both the late 10-year-old Rosanna Harris and her nine-year-old classmate who reportedly inflicted the injury.The Commander further explained to this newspaper that while the laws do not provide for any criminal charges to be laid against the aggressor in the matter, officials are working with the child to have him undergo counselling.“He is traumatised with what has happened (with Harris) and with what has been reported in the media,” Hicken told this newspaper, adding that the lad has been interviewed twice by the Police.Meanwhile, Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine told reporters on Thursday following a tour of the new Texila American University (TAU) campus in Providence, East Bank Demerara, that he met with the bereaved family of the deceased child that morning at their Lot 9 Public Road, La Penitence, Georgetown home and offered Government’s assistance.“I just went to visit the family and I must tell you, it is one of the most appallingDEAD: Rosanna Harristhings I’ve had to do and we are going to see how best we can assist with the funeral arrangements and that kind of thing. But the family is going to need much more than that to lose a child under those circumstances,” he related.Harris, a former Grade Five student of St Stephen’s Primary School located in Charlestown, Georgetown, went home two Fridays ago with a stomach ache and told her mother that another student had kicked her.That weekend, the child was in pain and began throwing up. She was then taken to Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), where several tests were conducted including an ultrasound but nothing was reportedly detected and the child’s condition remained the same.Last Saturday morning, Harris’s mother checked on her and she was responsive. However, a few minutes later, she was found dead in bed by her sister.A post-mortem examination conducted on Monday revealed that the 10-year-old died as a result of blood poisoning caused by blunt trauma to the stomach which is consistent with a kick.last_img read more

Jackie Chan goes 2-3 at Le Mans after DQ

first_imgTung went on to bring Jackie Chan DC Racing’s first car in second place in the 85th edition of the fabled endurance race on Sunday.Chan’s second car, piloted by David Cheng, Tristan Gommendy and Alex Brundle, leapfrogged the Oreca piloted by Nelson Piquet Jr, Mathias Beche and David Hansson into third after the latter’s team were found to have modified the body of their car and were also penalised for “unauthorised intervention in the closed park after the race”.“During the post-race technical checks, certain irregularities were detected on the Vaillante Rebellion team’s #13 Oreca 07-Gibson, resulting in the car’s disqualification,” organisers said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Celebrations on the podium after the Le Mans 24 hours endurance race © AFP/File / DAMIEN MEYERLE MANS, France, Jun 19 – Hong Kong actor and stuntman Jackie Chan saw his second car upgraded to third place in the Le Mans 24-hour race after a disqualification on Monday.Timo Bernhard overtook Ho-Pin Tung in Chan’s LMP2 class Oreca-Gibson with less than an hour to go to claim a 19th Le Mans title for the German constructor.last_img read more

In Iraq, Bush hints at cutback

first_imgThe president was joined by his war cabinet and military commanders at an unprecedented meeting in Iraq over eight hours at this dusty military base in the heart of Anbar province, 120 miles west of Baghdad. Bush did not say how large a troop withdrawal might be possible or whether it might occur before next spring, when the first of the additional 30,000 troops he ordered to Iraq this year are to start coming home anyway. He emphasized that any cut would depend upon progress. After talks with Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Iraq, and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Bush said they “tell me if the kind of success we are now seeing continues, it will be possible to maintain the same level of security with fewer American forces.” Bush’s trip was a dramatic move to steal the thunder from the Democratic Congress as it returns to Washington with fresh hopes of ending the unpopular war, now in its fifth year. Petraeus and Crocker will testify before lawmakers next week, and then Bush will announce how he intends to proceed in Iraq. On Air Force One after leaving Iraq, Bush acknowledged that his comment about troop reductions had piqued interest. “Maybe I was intending to do that,” the president said, sitting around a table with reporters in his plane’s conference room as he flew to Australia to meet with Asia-Pacific leaders. “If you look at my comments over the past eight months, it’s gone from a security situation in the sense that we’re either going to get out and there will be chaos, or more troops,” the president said. “Now the situation has changed where I’m able to speculate on the hypothetical.” Still, Bush struck a defiant note about demands for bringing troops home. Standing before troops cheering “hooah,” Bush said decisions on force levels “will be based on a calm assessment by our military commanders on the conditions on the ground – not a nervous reaction by Washington politicians to poll results in the media. “In other words,” Bush said, “when we begin to draw down troops from Iraq, it will be from a position of strength and success, not from a position of fear and failure.” Once the stronghold of the Sunni Arab insurgency, Anbar province now is cited as a model for the rest of Iraq. Violence abated after Sunni tribal leaders and former insurgents broke with al-Qaida and teamed up with U.S. troops to hunt down extremists. “Anbar is a huge province,” Bush said. “It was once written off as lost. It is now one of the safest places in Iraq.” Defense Secretary Robert Gates said it will take several months to assess whether security improvements across Iraq are sufficient to enable Bush to start withdrawing troops. He provided no details on Bush’s thinking about the timing and scope of any reductions. “I am more optimistic than I have been at any time since I took this job,” said Gates. Bush met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other top government officials from Baghdad. He urged the government to respond to progress in Anbar. He also met with Sunni tribal sheiks and members of Anbar’s governing body. Bush spoke warmly about al-Maliki even while expressing frustration over the slow pace of political progress. “My message to Maliki is: `You’ve got a lot of work to do, and whatever decision is made in Washington, D.C., is all aimed at helping you achieve what is necessary to get the work done.”‘ He said he addressed his comments to all the Iraqi leaders at the table but took al-Malki aside. “You’re my friend, and ? you’ve made progress in your recent meeting, and now’s the time to get these laws passed,” Bush said he told al-Maliki, referring to a national oil revenue sharing measure and other legislation. “You’ve got hard work to do, and you know what? He understands that.” Al-Maliki, speaking before Bush’s visit, said he expected Petraeus and Crocker to give his government a favorable assessment when they report to Congress. Virtually all of his war advisers joined Bush in Iraq, the first such meeting here. They included Gates; Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Adm. William Fallon, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East; National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley; and Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, Bush’s “war czar.” It was Bush’s third secret trip to Iraq in four years. He slipped unnoticed out of the White House on Sunday evening and was driven to Andrews Air Force Base to board his plane. Only one other car accompanied him. Bush was to have left Monday morning for Australia. Bush urged Congress to wait until it hears from Crocker and Petraeus before judging the result of his decision to send 30,000 more troops to Iraq. “I urge members of both parties in Congress to listen to what they have to say,” he said. “We shouldn’t jump to conclusions until the general and the ambassador report.” Bush said Monday’s visit would have no effect on the mood in Congress. “I don’t think a presidential visit will cause people to vote one way or another.” Even Republicans are pressuring Bush on troop cuts. Anticipating criticism that Bush’s trip was a media event to buttress support for his war strategy, the White House was ready to push back. Hadley said Bush wanted to hear personally from commanders and from al-Maliki. There are now 162,000 U.S. troops in Iraq.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TROOPS: Numbers will depend on progress, he says during a secret visit along with war cabinet, military leaders. By Deb Riechmann and Robert Burns THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AL-ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq – President Bush raised the possibility Monday of U.S. troop cuts in Iraq if security continues to improve, traveling here secretly to assess the war before a showdown with Congress. last_img

Consumer prices post rare decline

first_imgWASHINGTON – Consumer prices posted a rare decline in August while the battered housing industry saw construction fall to the slowest pace in 12 years. The new economic reports Wednesday were seen as justification for the Federal Reserve’s bolder-than-expected cut in interest rates to try to ward off a recession. Analysts said the waning inflation pressures gave the Fed the room to cut interest rates while the continued severe downturn in housing gave the central bank a reason to move. The Labor Department reported consumer prices dipped by 0.1 percent in August. It was the first decline since a 0.4 percent drop in October 2006 and reflected a big drop in gasoline and other energy prices. Meanwhile, the Commerce Department reported that construction of new homes fell by 2.6 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.331 million units. That was the slowest pace since June 1995 and put construction activity 19.1 percent below the level of a year ago. The Fed on Tuesday cut its target for the federal funds rate, which governs the rates paid on millions of consumer and business loans, by a half-point, to 4.75 percent, double the quarter-point reduction that had been expected. The Fed in its statement said “some inflation risks remain,” but by making the bolder half-point cut in its federal funds rate, it was signaling that it clearly believed the threat of a recession outweighed concerns about inflation. Investors liked Wednesday’s benign inflation reading, believing it gave the Fed room to cut rates further. The Dow Jones industrial average rose by 76.17 points to close at 13,815.56. That gain followed a 336-point surge Tuesday, the biggest one-day point gain in nearly five years, as investors reacted to the Fed’s rate cut. Analysts predicted housing construction would fall further in coming months, reflecting the recent turmoil in financial markets as investors lost their appetite for securities backed by mortgages because of rising mortgage delinquencies. “There is a continuing major down-slide,” said David Seiders, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders. “We know from our own surveys that August was a really rough month in the mortgage market and the housing market.” The organization’s survey of builder sentiment fell to 20, tying a record low set in January 1991 during the last severe housing downturn. Seiders said even with the Fed’s cut in interest rates he did not expect to see new home sales stop falling until early next year with construction starts not stabilizing until the middle of next year. The problem, he said, was that the rising mortgage foreclosures are dumping more homes on an already glutted market at a time when potential buyers are having difficulty getting mortgages because lenders are tightening standards. Mortgage foreclosures are expected to rise even further as an estimated 2 million adjustable-rate mortgages with low teaser rates reset to much higher monthly payments over the next two years. Yale University economist Robert Shiller testified to the Joint Economic Committee on Wednesday that the current real estate downturn could end up being the most severe since the Great Depression and could drag the country into a recession. But other analysts said they believed that the Fed had acted in time, as long as it cuts rates further in coming months, to avert a full-blown recession. The decline in housing construction in August reflected big drops in the Northeast, where building activity fell by 37.7 percent, and the West, where it was down 18.4 percent. Construction rose by 11.4 percent in the South and 4.2 percent in the Midwest. Applications for building permits, considered a good sign of future activity, fell 5.9 percent to an annual rate of 1.307 million units, signaling more weakness in coming months. The inflation report showed that core inflation, which excludes food and energy, remained well contained in August, edging up by 0.2 percent as clothing prices fell for the fifth month out of the past six. However, medical costs and airline ticket prices both showed big increases. The 0.1 percent fall in overall prices reflected a hefty 3.2 percent drop in energy costs. It was the third-straight decline in energy and the biggest drop since last October. The price of gasoline fell by 4.9 percent, an improvement that is expected to be reversed in coming months, given that oil prices earlier this week hit record highs above $80 per barrel. Food costs posted another big increase in August, rising by 0.4percent, as higher costs for dairy products and fruit offset price declines for vegetables and pork. So far this year, food prices have been rising at an annual rate of 5.6 percent, far above a 2.1 percent increase for all of 2006. The acceleration has been blamed in part on increased demand for ethanol, which has driven up prices for corn and other agricultural products. Overall inflation through August is rising at an annual rate of 3.7 percent, up from a 2.5 percent increase for all of 2006 with energy and food being blamed for much of the acceleration. Core inflation, which the Fed closely monitors, is better behaved this year, rising at an annual rate of 2.3 percent through August, down from an increase of 2.6 percent for all of 2006.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

L.A. revives broken-down Drought Busters

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THE Drought Busters of the 1990s were credited with causing a 25 percent to 30 percent drop in water usage in Los Angeles during the last spate of dry years. And though the DWP revived the team of water patrollers Tuesday yesterday, they are anything but the water police of old. In fact, the five Prius-driving Drought Busters with friendly faces and information packets are more like community-outreach workers. They don’t issue citations; they educate. They don’t scold; they inform. Though without the hammer, the water guard isn’t expected to have the conservation success rates of the past. The DWP hopes to see just a 10 percent decrease in water usage. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says he wants to treat Angelenos like adults, by encouraging them to voluntarily reduce water rather than forcing cuts. But he also says that if this kinder, gentler approach doesn’t work, he’ll consider mandatory water-usage reduction. City-imposed water rationing is definitely a fate to be avoided. If all Angelenos can do their part now – no matter how small – to reduce water use, then a visit from the Drought Busters won’t have to be an unpleasant experience.last_img read more

Revealed! Seven Premier League clubs with the most wins at Wembley Stadium

first_img 7 6. Manchester City have won 10 games at Wembley – City have won 10 of the 20 games they have played at Wembley, drawing one (the 1981 FA Cup final) and losing nine (including the ’81 Cup final replay). Their first win came in the 1934 FA Cup final, and since then they have won three more FA Cup finals on the Wembley turf. City have also won two FA Cup semis at the new Wembley and four League Cup finals (two at the old stadium, two at the new), including the 2016 competition (pictured above). They’ve lost two Community Shields and one Full Members Cup final, without claiming success in either competition at the national stadium (City’s 2012 Community Shield success came at Villa Park, as Wembley was being used for the London Olympics). 3. Liverpool have won 20 games at Wembley – The Reds have visited Wembley on 39 occasions (not including the 1988 Football League Centenary Tournament, where games lasted just 40 minutes), winning more than half of those matches. Their last visit was for an International Champions Cup friendly against Barcelona, which they won 4-0 in pre-season, having lost the 2016 League Cup final earlier in the year. Liverpool’s most famous Wembley win came in the 1978 European Cup final (pictured above), while they have won five FA Cup finals at the stadium (losing six). Their Cup semi-final record at Wembley stands at one win and one defeat, while they have won four League Cups there (drawing three and losing twice). In the Charity Shield they won seven matches, drawing three and losing three, while they won one and lost one in the 1989 Makita pre-season friendly tournament. 7 7 Tottenham finally won a Champions League group game at their temporary Wembley home, and victory over CSKA Moscow guaranteed a return to the national stadium in this season’s Europa League.Spurs are also planning to play Premier League matches at Wembley in future, as they will have to vacate White Hart Lane in order to complete the construction of their new ground.But Wembley hasn’t proved a happy home for Tottenham in Europe, as they lost their first two matches at the stadium and crashed out of the continent’s premier competition.It stands in stark contrast to their record at the old Wembley in FA Cup finals, which yielded six wins from nine matches, with only one defeat (two finals were drawn and went to replays, which Spurs won).But which club has won the most matches at Wembley, old and new?Find out in our gallery above.NB. We have included penalty shoot-out wins as victories. All statistics correct on 8 December 2016. 5. Tottenham Hotspur have won 11 games at Wembley – Spurs’ 3-1 win against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League was their 11th win at Wembley from 29 games they have played at the stadium. Tottenham won six FA Cup finals at the old Wembley, losing just one, and beat Arsenal there in the 1991 FA Cup semi-final (the first last four match to be played under the Twin Towers), though they have since lost three semis at the venue. Tottenham can boast four League Cup final victories at Wembley, but never won a match there in the Charity Shield (one loss, two draws) or pre-season friendlies (three defeats and one draw). 4. Chelsea have won 18 games at Wembley – The Blues have played 29 matches at Wembley, old and new, winning a very respectable 18, drawing one (the 1970 FA Cup final – they won the replay at Old Trafford) and losing 10. The Blues have won six FA Cup finals, including the last ever Cup final at the old stadium and the first at the new Wembley (they have won four out of four FA Cup finals since the stadium reopened in 2007). The West London club boast five Cup semi-final wins from six played at Wembley, and two League Cup final triumphs at the venue. They also won two Full Members Cups at the old Wembley, and the Football League War Cup South final during World War Two. 7 1. Manchester United have won 26 games at Wembley (from 48 contested) – Ahead of Arsenal courtesy of having won the same number of games at Wembley but from one match fewer contested, the Red Devils are the most successful club at the national stadium. United’s greatest Wembley victory came in the 1968 European Cup final (pictured above), when they thrashed Benfica to claim the trophy for the first time. They lost the 2011 Champions League final at the new Wembley, but claimed a 10th FA Cup success at the stadium (old and new), with victory in the 2016 final. Community Shield success in August was their 11th triumph in that competition on the Wembley turf, while United have won three League Cup finals (losing three, too) in north west London. In the FA Cup semi-finals, however, they have won just once at Wembley, losing two and drawing one (in 1994 against Oldham, though they won the replay at Maine Road). 7 7. Everton have won nine games at Wembley – find out which club has won the most matches at Wembley, begin the countdown to number one by clicking the arrow above – The Toffees have played 21 games at Wembley, winning nine, drawing one and losing 11. Everton have contested nine FA Cup finals at Wembley, winning four (including the 1984 final, pictured above), but have lost one League Cup final of two contested there (they drew the other with Liverpool, losing the replay at Maine Road). In three FA Cup semi finals at the new Wembley, the Toffees have won once and lost twice, and lost in the now defunct Full Members Cup final on two occasions. They did, however, claim four Charity Shield successes at the old Wembley. Everton’s last silverware was the 1995 FA Cup win at Wembley against Manchester United. 7 2. Arsenal have won 26 games at Wembley (from 49 contested) – The Gunners have played more games at Wembley than any other club, winning nine FA Cup finals (including the 1993 edition, in a replay, pictured above). In Cup semis they have won three and lost two at Wembley, while they have won only two of six League Cup finals contested at the venue. In the Charity/Community Shield, Arsenal boast four Wembley wins (three defeats and one draw). In the late 1990s Arsenal used the old stadium as a home venue for Champions League group games, but won just two of six matches played. But in the Makita friendly tournament they won five matches in the late 1980s, and also claimed victory in the wartime Football League War Cup South under the old Twin Towers. 7last_img read more

Chelsea transfer BLOW! Blues target ‘definitely’ staying at Roma

first_img Roma defender Kostas Manolas was linked with a move to Chelsea Chelsea target Kostas Manolas is ‘definitely’ staying at Roma this summer.The defender looked destined to leave earlier on in the transfer window and he was on the cusp of joining Zenit St Petersburg at one point.A move to the Russian side collapsed, however, and it was then reported the Greece international could end up at Stamford Bridge.That, though, has failed to materialise too and now the centre-back has revealed he will be playing for Roma this season.“I’ll stay here, definitely,” Manolas told Corriere dello Sport.“I can’t say anything about my contract, I don’t know what will happen. But I’ll stay.” 1last_img read more

REJECTED! Borussia Dortmund turn down Barcelona bid for Ousmane Dembele

first_img1 Borussia Dortmund have rejected a bid from Barcelona for French forward Ousmane Dembele, the German club have revealed.The German side have said their offer ‘did not correspond to the player’s extraordinary footballing abilities nor to the present economic market situation of the European transfer market’.Barca are currently searching for a replacement for Brazilian star Neymar, who moved to Paris Saint-Germain this month for a record-breaking €222million.Dembele was just one of the names linked with taking Neymar’s spot at the Nou Camp, with Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard also said to be on Barca’s wanted list.The 20-year-old Frenchman is said to be at the top of that list, but it appears their first approach for the Dortmund starlet has failed.Reports earlier on Thursday had claimed that Dembele’s move to LaLiga was ‘imminent’ after he failed to report for training, with Dortmund manager Peter Bosz admitting the club had no idea where he was.He said: “There was no sign yesterday that Ousmane Dembele would not be here today. We hope nothing terrible has happened.”However, the story had changed by the afternoon, with the Bundesliga outfit releasing a statement which confirmed they had rejected an offer from the Catalan club.A statement issued to the Frankfurt Stock Exchange read: “Borussia Dortmund has held talks with FC Barcelona regarding the possible transfer of the BVB players Ousmane Dembele to FC Barcelona.“During this meeting, the representatives of FC Barcelona submitted a bid which did not correspond to the player’s extraordinary, footballing and other abilities nor to the present economic market situation of the European transfer market. BVB therefore rejected this offer.“As there is no other offer from FC Barcelona to date, there is currently no transfer of the player to FC Barcelona and this is not currently likely.”Reports in Germany claim Dortmund have told Barca they’d want €150m (£135m) for Dembele, who they signed for just €15m from Rennes only last summer.The forward impressed in his first season in Germany, scoring 11 goals and making a big impact in the team’s attack. Ousmane Dembele is wanted by Barcelona to replaced departed superstar Neymar last_img read more

Cop all suited up: Gun, siren, pencil

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“I got out of the car, gun drawn, and approached the vehicle,” he remembered. “He pops out and runs into a field. We’re in a foot pursuit. He jumps into a ravine and I chase him down. He gives up. … It wasn’t like walking into a room full of Rollin’ 60s Crips, but for me, it was a little out of the ordinary.” All cops have their war stories, and this is Lohman’s most dramatic. A high-speed pursuit through the normally sleepy streets, weapon drawn, a happy ending with the bad guy in jail and then a tragic twist – the Mustang driver died of injuries sustained in the crash. That was 12 years ago, but it sticks with the 36-year-old deputy to this day. In a way, the chase that nabbed the crook in the ravine illustrates the drama, challenge and danger of what he and the rest of the 39-deputy department deal with daily. Borrowing a line from “Dragnet’s” Sgt. Joe Friday, this is the city, Moorpark, Calif. Lohman works here. He carries a badge. He also carries a pen. In one of the safest cities in Ventura County, and indeed, the nation, he has the unusual task of reminding the public about the dangers of crime when criminals largely stay away. In the first six months of 2005, the Moorpark Police Department, a contract agency of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, logged two homicides, one robbery and 207 other serious crimes. In the first half of this year, it reported no homicides, six robberies and 203 other serious crimes. It has just one gang, the Moorpark Locos, whose membership checks in around 40 members or so. MOORPARK – Deputy Tim Lohman was a rookie, fresh out of the academy, when the call came in over the radio: Stolen car, officer in pursuit. He checked the location, right nearby, and fired up his lights and siren. Soon, he was behind a sergeant, both giving chase down Tierra Rejada Road. Lohman gripped the wheel and hung on. They were heading into Simi Valley and Lohman’s speedometer raced to 100 mph. The suspect rounded a curve and the sarge lost him, but the freshly-minted cop kept tight on the fleeing vehicle, like a bloodhound closing in on its quarry. The suspect clipped a Mustang going the other way, flipping it. The stolen car came to a halt, and Lohman slammed on the brakes. It’s so safe, in fact, that Lohman has been approached when he’s out of uniform by people he’s arrested. They’ve thanked him for locking them up and deterring them from their earlier paths into lives of crime. In contrast, the Los Angeles Police Department, which covers a far larger area, reported 28 homicides just last month, along with 1,007 robberies and 9,342 other serious crimes. More than 700 gangs prowl its streets, with more than 39,000 members – more than Moorpark’s entire population of about 35,000. “We don’t have the drama and violence that Los Angeles has on a daily basis, but we have crime,” said Senior Deputy Ed Tumbleson, Lohman’s superior who’s spent the past 15 years, off and on, serving Moorpark. “We’ve got vehicle burglaries, vandalism, graffiti, domestic violence and fraud and forgery. We’re busy going to fight calls, family problems.” Lohman’s tricky task: to remind the good citizens of Moorpark of the role the police play in keeping them safe from thugs, rapists and gangsters. His weapon: the press release. Armed with a Moorpark College degree, a fondness for mysteries and a passion for law enforcement, he tackles crime with vigorous writing. In the absence of a salacious murder or horrific crime spree to cover, he highlights minor drug busts, kids getting “high” in a field on inhalants and the danger of graffiti. To do so, he employs a writing style that gives the incidents the noir-esque drama of a Raymond Chandler novel. “At about 5:10 p.m., Deputy Salas was on patrol when he observed a vehicle in violation of a minor traffic infraction,” he wrote in a recent bulletin. “Salas stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver. Upon contact, Salas detected a strong odor of Marijuana coming from the vehicle.” The noxious reefer fumes tipped the deputy, who called in backup and a K-9 partner for support. Soon they had weed, coke, some meth, $2,000 and a loaded .40-caliber gat. In his account, Lohman reaches for another deadly piece of ammunition: the rhetorical question. “Although this one vehicle stop netted a significant amount of drugs and a weapon, what if this stop would have never happened?” he continued. “Could those drugs have reached our streets, our children or our schools? And what about the gun? Could there have been a drug homicide or innocent victim?” With the pair of punks in custody, Lohman didn’t have to answer those tough questions. And his fanciful writing could stave off more crime, said Capt. Ron Nelson, the sheriff’s public information officer. Nelson oversees the agency’s public relations and counts himself as a fan of Lohman’s flair for the dramatic. “What we’re finding is that because we have safer communities, people get complacent,” Nelson said. “They leave their doors unlocked and invite criminals to do their dastardly things. By educating people that this isn’t just Sleepy Hollow out here, we can make people know about these crimes.” An earlier Lohman missive on the evils of gangs inspired a three-part series in a local weekly newspaper. Spreading the word, he believes, can be just as useful as reaching for the cuffs. “We need to get the bad guys to know, hey, you come here and commit a crime and we’re probably going to catch you,” he said, voice steely. “They stick out like a sore thumb.” And he wants it to stay that way. The day people let down their guard, the lawbreakers arrive, along with their evil habits and nefarious schemes. So Lohman keeps typing, hoping to keep the public aware of the dangers of drugs, spray paint and guns. “Deputy Salas, doing his job, removed weapons, drugs and two drug dealers from the streets of Moorpark,” he wrote, closing his release like an Old West sheriff. “That’s one more for the good guys and a message for the bad guys … Stay out of Moorpark.” (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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