Farmingdale State College Professor ID’d in Murder-Suicide, Police Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Farmingdale State College professor was decapitated by her son before he committed suicide by jumping in front of a eastbound Long Island Rail Road train Tuesday night, Nassau County police said.Patricia Ward was allegedly killed by her son, Derek, sometime between 4 p.m. and shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday in their Secatogue Avenue apartment in Farmingdale, Det. Lt. Azzata, commander of the Nassau Homicide Squad, told reporters at a press conference Wednesday. The suspect then allegedly dragged the victim, who had multiple stab wounds and broken ribs, from the second floor apartment into the street, where she was found, according to investigators.“We have no known ties to any terrorism,” Azzata said of the beheading, the same method of killing recently televised by the terrorist group ISIS.Police were initially called to the victim’s home at 7:55 p.m. after a woman in her 60s was found dead in an apparent homicide, according to police. Twenty-five minutes later, Nassau cops were notified by MTA police that a man in his 30s was fatally struck by an eastbound LIRR train—just one mile west from where the woman was killed.“Patricia Ward was a member of the campus for 28 years,” Patrick Calabria, vice president for institutional advancement and enrollment management, told the Press in an emailed statement. “She was well-known, well-liked, and well-respected. The campus is a very sad place today.”Azzata said that Ward’s son had a history of psychiatric disorders spanning at least a decade and had been arrested by police several times in the past, including a gun charge for possessing a 9 mm handgun in 2006 and a criminal mischief charge three years prior. His issues worsened over the past year since his paternal grandfather died, Azzata added.A knife was recovered by police, though Azzata said it was too soon to say whether it was the murder weapon. Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.Ward was an assistant professor of language arts in the school’s LI Educational Opportunity Center, which works with high school students who need help to become prepared for college, Calabria said.last_img read more

Wellington girls tie school record with 60-48 win over Collegiate; boys fall

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls basketball team has added another accomplishment to its resume this season. It has now tied for the most regular season wins in the program’s history.Friday evening, the Crusaders beat Wichita Collegiate 60-48 to move to 18-0. That ties the mark set by the 2010 WHS girls team which went 18-2 en route to a 21-3 finish and a state tournament berth.More importantly, the victory sets up a showdown with Circle for the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div IV championship at Crusader gymnasium Tuesday evening. The Lady Dukes have already beaten the Thunderbirds at their place.A win at home Tuesday gives the Crusaders the outright league title for the first time in their history. A loss will mean they must beat Clearwater next Thursday to claim a tie.Wellington’s Lauryn Snipes was out of the lineup with an eye injury Friday. She is expected to be back in practice on Monday.But Wellington had its work cut out for it with its starting point guard and second leading scorer out of the lineup.Sophomore Avery Rusk stepped in and filled the gap. She scored 24 points and had five 3-pointers, most of them in the second half.Wellington opened with a 15-8 first quarter lead but Collegiate would outscore the Crusaders 14-13 in the second and was trailing 28-22 at the half.The Crusaders came on strong in the third quarter, outscoring the Spartans 20-7 and at one point leading by 22 points.The fourth quarter saw the Spartans narrow the margin back to 12 outscoring the Lady Dukes 19-12 when many of the reserves were in.Grace Mitchell added 22 points for Wellington and had five 3-pointers of her own. The Crusaders hit 11 3’s for the night.Collegiate was led by L. Johnson with 17. Wellington — I. King 16, A. Snipes 14, C. Phelps 6, C. Phelps 4, T. Ybarra 3, C. Hamel 2, Burnett 2, W. Gilmore 1 Wellington girls 60 Collegiate 48 Collegiate — C. Christian 14, C. McNerney 12, J. Larsen 9, K. Reed 8, A. Waddell 8, X. Adams 7, C. Root 6, I. Trebilcock 6, J. Newlin 5, A. Murphy 3, Kelly 2, R. Dick 2 — 14 Wellington9141510—48 — 19 Wellington 8 ———The Wellington boys lost 82-48 against Wichita Collegiate that has now swept the Crusaders every year since entering the league in 2010.It was a typical Spartan game. Collegiate kept bringing in players off the bench in droves.Collegiate led 20-9 at the end of the first quarter and was in front 42-23 at the half. Spartans led 67-38 after three en route to victory.Wellington was led by Ian King with 16 points and A.J. Snipes had 14. Collegiate had 12 players score Friday with C. Christian leading with 14. Collegiate20222515—82 48center_img 7 15 Wellington — A. Rusk 24, G. Mitchell 22, T. French 7, M. Adams 3, M. Moore 2, S. French 2 Collegiate — L. Johnson 17, E. Parkhurst 9, K. Krumsick 8, K. Brandenburg 8, N. Tolbert 4, Waddell 2 Collegiate Follow us on Twitter. 20 12 13 60 Collegiate boys 82, Wellington 48 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more