U.S. Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Father and Son off Florida

first_imgThe U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for two missing boaters last night off the Treasure Coast.The father and son have been missing since February 18th when they were supposed to make a stop in Vero Beach.81 year-old Gerald Cook and his 55-year-old son, Pete along with four dogs, departed Panama City on Feb.13 on a 52-foot vessel named ‘Rome’ en route to Fort Myers. The Coast Guard air and surface units conducted over 56 searches covering more than 100 thousand square nautical miles since the search began….but no luck father and son are still missing.last_img

Ex-Arizona assistant coach pleads guilty to bribery charge

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Former Arizona assistant coach Emanuel Richardson pleaded guilty to a bribery charge Tuesday in a prosecution that exposed corruption in college basketball recruiting.Emanuel Richardson, 46, became the second former coach this month to plead guilty rather than go to trial in Manhattan federal court.An emotional Richardson wiped tears from his eyes after telling Judge Edgardo Ramos that he accepted bribes in 2017 to entice a recruit to attend Arizona.He said he “knew this conduct was wrong.”“Did you know it was against the law?” Ramos asked.“Yes, your honor,” Richardson answered.His plea follows the fall conviction of an Adidas executive and two recruiting insiders in a scandal that exposed a network of fledgling personal managers and advisers who paid bribes to coaches and parents of highly touted recruits to steer top athletes to schools.Richardson, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery, was among 10 people arrested in September 2017.Richardson was accused of accepting $20,000 in bribes and using that money to entice a recruit to attend Arizona.Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Boone said Richardson accepted $5,000 in bribes during a meeting in Manhattan and another $15,000 during a meeting in New Jersey.A plea agreement signed with prosecutors calls for Richardson to forfeit $20,000. It also includes an agreement that Richardson will not appeal any sentence of two years or less in prison.Richardson’s lawyer, Craig Mordock, said outside court that the plea agreement does not include a cooperation deal.Richardson had been scheduled to go on trial with former Oklahoma State assistant Lamont Evans in April. Evans has pleaded not guilty.Former Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person and another man are scheduled to go on trial June 17.Earlier this month, former University of Southern California assistant basketball coach Tony Bland pleaded guilty to accepting $4,100 in cash to steer USC players to certain financial advisers and business managers. Shown in this picture are coaches and assistant coaches being investigated by the FBI for solicitation of bribery and other fraud conspiracy charges. (l to r) Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, Southern California assistant coach Tony Bland, Arizona’s assistant coach Emanuel Richardson, Oklahoma State University assistant basketball coach Lamont Evans, and Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl. (AP Photos)last_img read more