Roosevelt Man Gets 25 Years for Shooting Cop

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Roosevelt man was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for shooting a Hempstead village police officer who was chasing him for his suspected role in a street robbery two years ago.Michael Benitez had pleaded guilty at Nassau County court to second-degree attempted murder shortly after opening arguments in his trial in January.Prosecutors said the 23-year-old was being chased by two officers when a third cop, responding to the radio call of the pursuit, spotted Benitez on Cooper Street in December 2011.Benitez fired multiple shots at the officer, striking him in the left arm and back.The officer returned fire, hitting Benitez in the groin, thigh, and arm. The officer then shot the gun out of Benitez’ hand after he refused to drop his gun weapon.The bullet that struck the officer in the back was stopped by his bulletproof vest.last_img read more

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Mexico, with over 500,000 coronavirus cases, to help with vaccine

first_imgTopics : Mexico, having hit over half a million official coronavirus cases and 55,000 deaths as the pandemic rages across Latin America, will help produce a vaccine that could be distributed in the region next year, authorities said on Thursday.President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said the pandemic is losing force in Mexico, though the death toll of 55,293 stands as the world’s third highest, behind the United States and Brazil.Mexico’s health ministry on Thursday reported 7,371 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing the total in the country to 505,751. The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.In partnership with the Mexican and Argentine governments, pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca Plc said it plans to initially produce 150 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine in early 2021 and eventually make at least 400 million for distribution throughout the region.Lopez Obrador hailed the agreement as “good news” for Mexico and said he expected the country to still be suffering from the pandemic by the time the vaccine goes into production.Supporting Lopez Obrador’s argument that COVID-19 is waning in Mexico, the government’s head of epidemiology, Jose Luis Alomia, said on Wednesday that fewer tests were coming back positive.”It’s congruent with the decrease in overall cases we’ve seen in recent weeks” as some 47% of tests were coming back positive this week, compared to 53% to 54% three to four weeks ago, Alomia said.last_img read more

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