Attack on teacher…reportedly lied to Police about whereabouts…found with dead woma n’s cellphone – Police sourceAs the probe continues into the gruesome attack on 22-year-old Kescia Branche, investigators have now hauled in the father of the young teacher’s daughter for questioning.Dead: Kescia BrancheDivision Commander, Marlon Chapman, confirmed on Thursday that they arrested the man earlier in the day and that he is in custody “being questioned”.However, Guyana Times understands that the man was reportedly found with a cellphone belonging to the now dead teacher and allegedly lied to Police about his whereabouts on the night the young woman was reportedly attacked.Moreover, upon examining the device, which the suspect said he found in Branche’s apartment after her battered body was found on Sunday last, detectives came across a cell number that got their attention.Even as the new suspect is being questioned, the two Police Constables remain under close arrest while a civilian, who had a confrontation with the young woman in a night club after he reportedly touched her inappropriately, is still being held.This newspaper was previously told that one of the ranks under close arrest is refusing to cooperate with investigators. Meanwhile, two other ranks were also held for questioning after records showed they were in constant contact with one of the Constables after he left the night club in the company of the now dead young woman.The unconscious body of the Richard Ishmael Secondary School teacher was found in the vicinity of Princes Street and Louisa Row, Georgetown on Sunday morning and was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) where she remained in an unconscious state on life support until Tuesday when she succumbed to her injuries sometime around 17:00h.Branche, who resides in Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown, was last seen on Saturday evening when she left for a night out with her friends and the Police are seeking the public’s assistance in determining what may have transpired resulting in the inhumane beating the young woman received.A source close to the investigation revealed that detectives were reviewing the CCTV footage at a popular Newtown nightclub where the woman was seen partying on Saturday evening and came across evidence of the two uniformed officers interacting with the deceased.It was shown that the young woman left with the ranks, hopping on the back of one the motorcycles. This publication understands that investigators were told that they then proceeded to Mandela Avenue to get barbeque and while there, one of the ranks reported left to use the washroom.Upon his return, he told detectives that the young woman was not there, and his colleague said she left in a taxi.Investigators have been reviewing CCTV footage from along the route reportedly used by the Constables on Saturday.Members of the public with any information that would assist in the investigations are being asked to come forward. The investigation continues.
my calculations, as rudimentary as they may be, Arizona, UCLA and Washington would be the only teams representing the Pacific-10 Conference, unless one of them didn’t win the hypothetical conference tournament final held at the Staples Center this past Saturday, which would put four in the field. And the Big West, Big Sky, Mountain West, West Coast and Western Athletic conferences would be represented by only their conference tournament winners, unless Gonzaga (WCC) and Nevada (WAC) stumbled in their hypothetical tournaments last week. When was the last time as few as a collective eight teams from those conferences have been in an NCAA Tournament? Perhaps. The national perception of the Pac-10 has been hampered due to the so far disappointing seasons turned in by Arizona, Cal, Oregon and Stanford. As for the Big West, if you’re looking for a one-word description, “bad” will do just fine. No offense to Pat Douglass, a heck of a coach, and his UC Irvine program, but what does it tell you when the Anteaters are 4-0 in the Big West, but were 4-8 in nonconference games, including losses to Cal State Stanislaus, Arkansas-Monticello and UC Davis, two days after Long Beach State beat the Aggies? There I go asking rhetorical questions again. In recent seasons, the WCC had at least one team capable of bagging an at-large bid, other than Gonzaga, and that’s how Saint Mary’s got in last year. But that isn’t the case this season. And the Mountain West has only one team (Air Force) that could build a decent case, based on nonconference wins over Miami and Georgia Tech, and a close loss at Washington, for an at-large bid. Sorry for spewing out the negativity, folks. More college basketball Their Pacific-10 game with rival USC Wednesday night in Pauley Pavilion will mean more to the UCLA Bruins, conference-wise and emotions-wise. But when Ben Howland’s team plays host to West Virginia on Saturday afternoon in Westwood, the Bruins could be facing as dangerous a club as there is right now. The Mountaineers, who had a 20-point lead on Louisville in the first half before losing to the Cardinals in a regional final in Albuquerque last March, take a 12-game winning streak and 4-0 Big East record into their game at Providence tonight. They hit 20 shots from behind the arc in a 19-point win over Marquette on Saturday. Many of the NBA talent evaluators who were in the Southland last week for the Washington and Washington State games at UCLA and USC some of which were in the Walter Pyramid Friday night to watch Pacific’s Christian Maraker left convinced that Washington’s 6-5 senior Brandon Roy is the best NBA prospect in the Pac-10. “He’s the prototypical NBA shooting guard,” said one scout not prone to hyperbole. Another Husky, 6-7 Bobby Jones, is also helping his stock with NBA types. Jones, who spent his first three years at Dominguez High before spending his senior season at Poly, did himself and his team, which swept the Trojans and Bruins proud with his defensive effort against USC’s Gabe Pruitt and UCLA’s Arron Afflalo, a Centennial High product. File this under the “stuff you don’t see often” heading: After a drive by Long Beach State’s Aaron Nixon Sunday afternoon in the Walter Pyramid against Cal State Northridge, the ball rolled onto the back of the rim … and stayed there. The ball rested on the rim and against the glass, forcing an alternate-possession situation, the arrow was pointed in the Matadors’ direction. And, after drilling his first five shots four of those deep 3-pointers for 14 points over the first 5:48 in that game, Long Beach guard Jibril Hodges missed his final 10 field-goal attempts. Freaky. High school hoopla A triple-header will be played at Artesia High Saturday evening, with nonleague matchups pitting Poly vs. Serra (5:30), Artesia vs. Taft (7) and Centennial vs. Fairfax (8:30). The Dominguez High Dons, after convincing victories over Gahr the second-best team in the San Gabriel Valley League and Westchester, the co-favorite, with Fairfax, to win the L.A. City title, last week, appear to be rounding into the kind of form they were expected to play at before losing four games in December. Barring a major upset, Dominguez will face Mater Dei in the Southern Section Div. II-AA final in the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim on March 4. Two of the best juniors in the West, Taylor King of Mater Dei and Jamelle Horne of San Diego, committed to Duke and Arizona, respectively, King on Thursday and Horne on Monday night. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! If the overall state of the quality of college basketball in the West this season seems more than just a bit sub-par to you, congratulations: You’ve been paying attention. If the NCAA Tournament was scheduled to start this week and that would be so cool there would be just eight teams from Western conferences in the 65-team field. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita It was 20 years ago, when just Arizona, Washington (from the Pac-10), UNLV (from the Big West), Pepperdine (WCC), Utah, UTEP (from the WAC) and Montana State (the Big Sky) were in the field. And how “long” ago, was that, literally? Well, the Long Beach Arena was the site to some of the first-and second-round games, and Lute Olson had his second Arizona tournament team there and Jim Harrick was still the Pepperdine coach. And his team lost a first-round game in Long Beach to Maryland, which was led by one of the greatest players to never play in the NBA. That was Len Bias, who died just days after the Boston Celtics drafted him No. 1 overall. But I digress … Is it “just one of those seasons,” collectively, for the Western-based programs?
‘perfect fit” IN DEMAND Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Carroll explains why he wanted to fail Liverpool medical before £35m move Arsenal ace heading for January exit as German club ready bid for midfielder Ward-Prowse has created 19 goals in 167 Premier League games for Southampton heading off GOSSIP Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade on his way Watford have made a £10million offer for James Ward-Prowse.Manager Javi Gracia has made a late move to add depth to his Hornets squad ahead of transfer deadline day by targeting the Southampton midfielder just days before the new Premier League season begins. fear 1 three-way race Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing RANKED Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star LIVING THE DREAM Signing imminent? Man United target ‘on flight’ to England for talks with club REAL DEAL Watford are at home to Brighton on Saturday and Gracia will now wait to see if Mark Hughes, his opposite number, is willing to do business for the 23-year-old who has spent his whole career at St Mary’s.Ward-Prowse started more than half of Saints’ games in the Premier League last season but, according to SunSport, the manager will decide whether he is needed for the new season.Competing with the academy graduate in Southampton’s midfield are Mario Lemina and Oriol Romeu, although the ex-England Under-21 captain can also play on the right flank. Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out TRANSFER LATEST Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minamino