Local 911 Dispatchers Honored for ‘National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis911! That’s the number you call when you’re in an emergency. It’s National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, and to honor the local 911 dispatchers, Alpena’s director has a few special words for his own staff. Often times when there’s an emergency we hear the sirens and see first responders on hand, but what about those who actually work behind the scenes taking emergency phone calls?It’s a 24/7 job to keep Alpena residents calm during their time of need, Francisco said he’s amazed how well his staff holds their emotions in to make sure that the caller’s emergency gets completed.Francisco has only been on the job since March but already has some goals in mind to make sure his dispatchers are ready to take on more.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Thunder Bay Junior High School Students to a Tour Into Their FutureNext ‘Great Lakes Worst Shipwreck Disaster’ Presentation Coming to Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Centerlast_img read more

Angels’ Andrelton Simmons out indefinitely with a sprained ankle

first_img“He’s an important guy for us,” Scioscia said. “The way it happened is tougher to stomach than anything, just coming down the steps. But it happens.”PUJOLS OUTAlbert Pujols has a sore left knee, so the Angels gave him back-to-back days off on Tuesday and Wednesday. He will get the scheduled day off on Thursday before returning to the lineup on Friday, Scioscia said.“We’re going to manage it,” Scioscia said. “I don’t think it’s anything that we can’t take care of with a little bit of rest here and there. We want Albert to get his looks in the batter’s box. He’s starting to get comfortable swinging the bat.”Pujols, 38, has played 35 games at first base, compared with 21 at DH so far this year. He played a total of 34 games at first the last two years combined. The Angels felt that he was healthy enough this year to handle the increased defensive workload, which was also necessary for them to get Shohei Ohtani’s bat in the lineup at DH.Pujols is hitting .252 with a .691 OPS, slightly better than he hit last year.END OF THE DRAFTThe Angels completed the 40-round draft by taking 25 college players, 14 high schoolers and one intriguing selection who wasn’t playing at any school.Related Articles Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Simmons has undergone X-rays and an MRI, which at least confirmed that he doesn’t need surgery. After slipping just before the first pitch on Tuesday, he tried to play for two innings before coming out of the game. He was still walking with crutches when he arrived in the clubhouse on Wednesday.“It’s a little better,” he said. “I’m planning to be back on my feet and moving around as soon as possible, but we’ve got to play it smart.”Zack Cozart, who had been a shortstop his entire professional career until signing to play third for the Angels, will become the everyday shortstop in Simmons’ absence.Luis Valbuena, Jefry Marte and Kaleb Cowart could all see some time at third. Cowart had been optioned to Triple-A on Tuesday afternoon. Hours after he arrived in Salt Lake City on Tuesday night, he was told he was coming back on Wednesday morning.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Defensively, the Angels will miss Simmons, but Cozart is still an above-average shortstop, so the drop-off should be negligible in the short term. Offensively, however, Simmons was one of the hottest hitters on the team, batting .330. He is a top candidate for the All-Star team. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak ANAHEIM — Andrelton Simmons won’t be back as quickly as he’d hoped in the immediate aftermath of the sprained ankle he suffered slipping on the dugout steps.The Angels placed Simmons on the disabled list with a grade 2 right ankle sprain. Simmons, who had hoped to miss just a couple days, now will have to miss at least 10 days, and probably more.“There’s no timeline yet, but it’s certainly going to take a little bit of time,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “He’s going to go on the DL and the medical staff will evaluate this every day and we’ll see where it leads.”General Manager Billy Eppler also wouldn’t give a timetable. Right-handed pitcher Cristian Reyes, the Angels’ 21st-round pick, had reportedly been enrolled at Florida Memorial University but did not play because of eligibility concerns.Reyes was playing in the Federal League, an amateur league that bills itself as a place where undrafted players get exposure and pro opportunities. Reyes, 23, is 6-foot-5, 220 pounds and has reportedly hit 96 mph with his fastball. The Angels found him at an open tryout, scouting director Matt Swanson said.The Angels also took 29 pitchers. Swanson said it wasn’t a conscious effort to focus on pitching, just how their draft board lined up with the available players.The Angels took college seniors with their sixth- through 10th-round picks. Those players typically sign for minimal bonuses because they do not have the leverage of going back to school, so the Angels will have the ability to exceed the slot value to sign other players.UP NEXTAngels (Garrett Richards, 4-4, 3.25) at Twins (Lance Lynn, 4-4, 5.46), Friday, 5 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM) Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Why Luke Walton benched Russell, Randle in 4th quarter of Lakers’ loss

first_imgLou Williams poured in 14 of his team-high 24 points in the final period, while Jordan Clarkson and Nick Young filled out a lineup that was rather small, relatively inexperienced and totally unorthodox. The Lakers outscored Denver 37-26 in the fourth.What might Russell and Randle have been thinking as this unfolded?“They sat there on the bench,” Walton said, “and saw five guys give their all.”It should be a wake-up call. The Lakers were better without them Tuesday night. It won’t be that way every night, but on Tuesday the patient coach players love finally revealed what it looks like when he gets tough.“I think it’s really important to have the lesson of you get what you deserve,” Walton said, “the work you put in and nothing’s given to you. You have to earn things in this league. So I think that’s a good, important lesson for them to see. “They should be just as happy for those guys that finished the game as the bench players are for them when they’re doing well.”Randle finished with 7 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in 25 minutes, while Russell’s numbers were more concerning. He scored just 5 points on 2-of-9 shooting in 17 minutes. Russell has now logged just 3:47 of total game time in the fourth quarters of the Lakers’ last three games.From that void grew something kind of beautiful.“I was really proud of the way that we fought,” Walton said, “and didn’t give in to the easy temptation of just calling it a night and being down 20 and going home.”Up until the fourth quarter, the game had been defined by “lazy defense,” Walton said. He made regular substitutions, and with 7:33 remaining in the third, with the Lakers down 82-66, Walton pulled all five starters after Nikola Jokic jammed home a dunk after the Lakers failed to snare a missed free throw by Emmanuel Mudiay.“Even though they (Russell and Randle) were trying to play hard at that moment,” Walton said, “it’s a group thing and everyone’s got to be responsible, so if one guy messes up at one thing that we talk about all the time, all five are coming out.”Walton set his lineup for the fourth quarter, and did not change it until he replaced Zubac with Thomas Robinson for defense with 24.8 seconds left.“We made subs until we found a group of guys that was willing to commit and fight and gave ourselves a chance,” Walton said.At a certain point it became clear that Russell and Randle had about as much chance of checking into the game for the Lakers as Jack Nicholson. And he wasn’t even at the game.To his credit, Russell continued to say the right things. He acknowledged he hasn’t “been bringing it” and used an expletive to describe his play. He said he applauded Walton for finding a lineup that worked.“They were scrapping, they were running around,” Russell said. “There wasn’t really too many plays getting called, they got stops and scored in transition. It was nice.”Randle echoed the sentiment.“We’re in this together,” he said. “I’m not going to point fingers. The unit that was out there was doing a great job. They got us back in the game. I’m for the team.”In the final minutes of a tense game, Russell and Randle were on their feet with the rest of the Lakers bench, arms around one another’s shoulders, willing shots to go in before they eventually clanked off the rim, sending the Lakers to their fifth straight loss (and 21st in their last 26).It was, finally, a good effort; a game that could have been won.“It’s never fun to lose,” Russell said, “but if you do lose, you’ve got to look in the mirror and say you fought your heart out. And that’s what we did.”If Russell learned anything at all from watching, maybe next time he and Randle will get the chance to contribute. LOS ANGELES — It took 36 ugly minutes, plus many a long December and January night, but the Lakers rediscovered the grit, joy and effort that made them such unlikely contenders for a playoff spot early in the season. And Luke Walton finally found a lineup that provided those things.The Lakers chipped away at a 17-point deficit, crawled within one. They glided back on defense and a certain lanky center challenged shots at the rim. Offensively, the ball zipped from side-to-side, from in-to-out, good shots being passed up for better ones. Denver still won, 127-121, but, as Walton gushed, “We found it again. We found our passion, our fight, our togetherness.”They found it with D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle on the bench. Walton drew a big line in the sand Tuesday night, and it wasn’t hard to decipher who was on the wrong side of it.The two former lottery picks sat for the final 19 minutes, 33 seconds of the game while Brandon Ingram dazzled with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Ivica Zubac, the lean 19-year-old second-round pick whose meaningful on-court time this season has come in the D-League, played a career-high 26 minutes and recorded his first career double-double with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more