University of Southern Indiana Track & Field begins the 2016 indoor season Saturday at the Little Giant Invitational in Crawfordsville, Indiana.Buoyed by the return of two national champions, the Screaming Eagles’ men were ranked No. 14 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association Preseason Top 25 Computer Rankings. USI finished seventh at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships a year ago when Tyler Pence (Springfield, Illinois) and Johnnie Guy (Palmyra, Indiana) finished first and second, respectively, in the 5,000 meters.Pence, a senior this season, went on to win the national championship in the 10,000 meters during the outdoor season, ahead of Guy, who was second in the event after winning the national title in the 10,000 meters as a sophomore in 2014.USI’s women will be led by sophomore distance runner Emily Roberts (Fredericktown, Ohio). Roberts is coming off a fifth-place finish at the NCAA II Cross Country Championships this past fall, tying her for the best finish in program history.An All-American on the cross country course, Roberts earned All-Midwest Region honors in the 10,000 meters last spring after qualifying for the NCAA II Outdoor Championships. She posted a provisional time in the 5,000 meters during the indoor season last year.The Little Giant Invitational is the first of seven regular-season meets that USI is schedule to compete in and the only regular-season meet that the Eagles’ will compete in as a full squad—USI will run split squads for the rest of the regular-season before reuniting for the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships February 27-28. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Members of the Harvard University Police Department and the Securitas protective service were honored for their brave and selfless work during the Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent manhunt during a ceremony on Monday afternoon.Deputy Chief Kevin Regan was the master of ceremonies for the event at the Charles Hotel, which was packed with about 100 HUPD employees and their family members. Bob Iuliano, general counsel for the University and the co-host of the ceremony, recalled U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who “spent much of his time thinking about law enforcement issues and said, ‘Every community gets the law enforcement it insists upon.’” Kennedy was right, joked Iuliano, since “As a graduate of Harvard College, of course, he has to be.”“Harvard has been wise in insisting on the kind of law enforcement we have here today,” Iuliano said. And although the day was meant to honor the actions of the police and Securitas personnel during the crisis, he took a moment to thank the officers for what they do every day, from guiding bewildered freshmen to guarding visiting public officials to protecting Harvard students, faculty, and staff who occasionally find themselves in trouble. The police department handles its job “with a sensitivity and grace that is appreciated every day.”Iuliano introduced Harvard President Drew Faust, who graciously thanked the officers and their families. Faust went off her scripted remarks, and told a candid story about learning to play the piano when she was 4 years old (“the height of my musical career,” she said with good humor). She said the only song she’s ever written was titled “The Kind Policeman.” Growing up on a farm, she had never seen a policeman, but she thought that time might have anticipated the kindness that the HUPD demonstrates daily to the students at Harvard.“You are teachers too,” said Faust. “You teach us with the model of your behavior. And this year, you taught us what it means to serve, what it means to have courage, what it means to take risks, and what it means to support others.”The civilian Chief’s Exemplary Performance Award was presented to Brian Reardon of Securitas, who serves as security manager at Harvard’s Faculty of Arts & Sciences (FAS). Noting the multiple shifts Reardon worked through on the night of the firefight with the alleged bombers in Watertown, Regan joked, “Are you still working?” He said HUPD recognizes the security personnel’s importance and honors their exemplary performance.Officers Christopher Riccardi and Officer Peter McGaffigan then received the Medal of Merit. Both officers aided in the search for the marathon bombing suspects, putting themselves in harm’s way and bringing credit to HUPD.The Medal of Valor was presented in closing to officers Ryan Stanton and Michael Rea. The officers “demonstrated outstanding courage and valor” in the face of danger by exposing themselves to gunfire in order to administer first aid to wounded MBTA officer Dick Donahue, ultimately saving his life.When the medals were presented, all of the officers received hoots, whistles, and standing ovations. These officers, said Regan, are all a reflection of HUPD.
MASON CITY — A Mason City man has pleaded guilty to credit card fraud charges in Cerro Gordo and Franklin counties. 29-year-old Wayne Davis was arrested in September and charged in Cerro Gordo County with ongoing criminal conduct and three counts of unauthorized use of credit cards, as well as one count of unauthorized use of a credit card in Franklin County. A criminal complaint stated Davis was identified by an employee who turned his identification into the authorities, with the Iowa State Patrol conducting a traffic stop on Davis where a credit card skimmer, computer and cards were allegedly seized. The complaint says an examination of those items revealed that Davis was purchasing card numbers on the dark web. A search warrant at Davis’ residence allegedly produced stolen credit cards and a card skimmer. Davis pleaded guilty to one count of unauthorized use of a credit card in Franklin County and was sentenced earlier this month to time served and ordered to pay over $430 in restitution. Davis last week pleaded guilty to the Cerro Gordo County charges and is scheduled to be sentenced on January 6th.