Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police Tuesday identified the woman killed in a West Babylon fire two days ago and also released details regarding the cause of the blaze.Police identified the woman as 59-year-old Gail Giampino. She was found inside the Little East Neck Road apartment that caught fire Sunday just after 4:30 p.m., police said. Giampino was pronounced dead at the scene by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, police said.Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick, commander of Suffolk police’s Homicide Squad, said the fire was sparked by a tenant cooking chicken wings in hot oil that “flamed up.”Fitzpatrick noted that the fire is still under investigation. Detectives are still waiting on Arson Squad investigators to submit their report, he said.The fire also damaged four other apartments and injured two others, police said. Both victims were treated at local hospitals and released, police said.
Ethel Ann Precht, of Brookville, was born on June 27, 1930 in Metamora, Indiana, the daughter of George and Ethel Abrams Roberts. She married James M. Precht on July 31, 1948 at the Brookville United Methodist Church and he preceded her in death on September 14, 2011. Ethel had been employed as a nurse’s aide at Elsie Dreyer Nursing Home and also worked at Jay Garment for 10 years. She loved to mushroom hunt and hang out with her sister, Dixie. Ethel enjoyed flowers, eating breakfast with the gang at Fairbrook Manor, and singing at church on Sunday. On Thursday, December 29, 2016, at the age of 86, she passed away at Fayette Regional Health System in Connersville.Those surviving who will honor Ethel’s memory include her children, Gerald “Bud” Precht of Brookville, Carol (Melvin) Westerman of Sunman, and Ron (Lee Anne) Precht of Laurel; grandchildren, Stephanie Miller, Kim Westerman, Chrystal Mattix and Aaron Precht; 6 great-grandchildren and 1 great, great-grandchild. Also surviving are sisters, Betty Wilson and Dixie Miller, and one brother, Paul Roberts, all of Brookville. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by siblings, Mildred, Alvin, Donald, Dave, Ollie Mae, Dorothy and Fletcher.Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 from 12 noon till time of service at 1 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.Memorial donations may be directed to American Heart Association. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Ethel Ann Precht.
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Joey Logano is enjoying a strong start to the NASCAR Cup season.Logano won for the second time in three weeks by holding off Kevin Harvick over the final two laps after an overtime restart at Phoenix Raceway. Logano overcame several tough moments, including a pit-road penalty for an uncontrolled tire and a broken jack during another stop.Kyle Busch was third, followed by Kyle Larson and Clint Bowyer.The race was the first under NASCAR’s new rules package for short tracks, which included a significantly smaller rear spoiler.PGA-PALMER INVITATIONAL Antetokounmpo ranks third in the NBA in scoring with 29.6 points per game and fourth in rebounding with 13.7. He also averages 5.8 assists.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULETerps, Spartans take share of Big Ten regular-season crownUNDATED (AP) — The Big Ten men’s basketball regular season has ended in a three-way tie for first place, with ninth-ranked Maryland and No. 16 Michigan State joining Wisconsin.Anthony Cowan Jr. had 20 points and eight assists in his final home game at Maryland, an 83-70 downing of No. 25 Michigan. Cowan went 7-for-11 from the field and hit six free throws in the final minute to help the Terrapins secure the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament. Anthony Davis pumped in 30 points and LeBron James added 28 in leading the Lakers to a 112-103 win over their co-tenants. Avery Bradley added 24 points to help the Lakers win their fourth in a row and 11th in 12 games.Paul George scored 31 points for the Clippers, who won their first two meetings with the Lakers before falling 6 ½ games behind their city rivals.Checking out Sunday’s other NBA action:— The Nets won their first game under interim coach Jacque Vaughn as Spencer Dinwiddie contributed 24 points in a 110-107 decision over the Bulls. Caris LeVert and Joe Harris each added 23 for Brooklyn, which has won two straight as it tries to reach the playoffs for the second year in a row. DeAndre Jordan added 11 points and 11 boards to the win.— Jrue (jroo) Holiday carried the Pelicans to a 120-107 win over the Timberwolves by delivering a season-high 37 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Zion Williamson scored 23 points on 9-for-15 shooting, and Lonzo Ball had 18 points and eight assists to help New Orleans pull within four games of a Western Conference playoff slot. Brandon Ingram pitched in 15 points and 12 rebounds in the opener of the Pelicans’ four-game road trip. Elsewhere on NHL ice:— The Red Wings squandered a 4-2 lead in the third period before Dylan Larkin and Robby Fabbri (FA’-bree) supplied shootout goals to complete Detroit’s 5-4 stunner against the Lightning. Larkin and Fabbri also tallied in regulation before Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi scored in the first 4 21/2 minutes of the third period to give the Wings a two-goal cushion. Yanni Gourde (YAH’-nee gohrd) set up goals by Brayden Point and Pat Maroon in the last 14 minutes of regulation to help Tampa Bay pull within six points of the Atlantic Division-leading Bruins.NHL-COYOTES-GARLAND INJUREDCoyotes’ Garland week to week with lower-body injuryGLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Coyotes leading scorer Conor Garland has returned to Arizona after suffering a lower-body injury in Friday’s 3-2 loss at Calgary. NBA-BUCKS-ANTETOKOUNMPOAntetokounmpo sidelined by knee injuryGreek Freak shelvedPHOENIX (AP) — Milwaukee bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) will miss at least two games after suffering a minor knee sprain during Friday’s loss to the Lakers.The NBA’s reigning MVP fell hard on his left knee but remained in the game before undergoing an MRI. Hatton’s 4-under total made him one of only four players who beat par for the week, the fewest at Bay Hill since 1980.MLB-NEWSRangers’ Calhoun hit in mouth by fastball, taken to hospitalUNDATED (AP) — Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun was hospitalized Sunday after taking a fastball in the mouth.The left-handed hitting Calhoun crumbled after being struck in the jaw by Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias in the first inning. He fell on his back, put his hands over his face and was eventually carried off on a cart. March 8, 2020 Jalen Smith had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Terps, while Eric Ayala added 19 points.Michigan State came away with the second seed in the conference tourney by knocking off No. 19 Ohio State, 80-69. Cassius Winston scored 27 and the Spartans took control with a 16-4 run late in the game.Rocket Watts scored 19 points for the Spartans, who held Kaleb Wesson to eight points on 1 of 8 shooting.In other top-25 games Sunday:— Fabian White Jr. had 18 points and 14 rebounds as No. 21 Houston downed Memphis, 64-57. Quentin Grimes contributed 15 of his 17 points in the second half and fueled a 17-2 run for the Cougars. Hatton gets first PGA winORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tyrell Hatton overcame high winds and jittery nerves to capture his first PGA title and fifth wordwide.Hatton kept it together down the stretch Sunday by playing bogey-free over the last seven holes for a 2-over 74 to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He had a three-shot lead when he drove into the water on the par-4 11th into the wind. Hatton went well over the green with his third shot, chipped short of the putting surface and had to make a 6-footer for a double bogey.But his challengers also faltered. Marc Leishman (LEESH’-man) avoided major disaster and still closed with a 73 to end up one shot behind Hatton. Rory McIlroy began the day one shot back before carding a 76, his highest closing round in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event since a 76 in the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion. McIlroy still tied for fifth, his eighth consecutive finish in the top 5 worldwide dating to September.Third-place finisher Sungjae Im was in serious contention until he came up shockingly short and into the water on the 13th for a double bogey. In other MLB news:— The Orioles claimed right-handed pitcher Hector Velazquez on waivers from the Red Sox. The 31-year-old was 11-7 with a 3.90 ERA in 89 games in the last three seasons with Boston, including 19 starts.— Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez says his sore back is improving, but he’s still out of the lineup. Sanchez didn’t take batting practice Saturday or Sunday. He isn’t on the travel roster for Monday’s road game against the Phillies in Clearwater.— Astros ace Justin Verlander made an early exit from his exhibition start Sunday after feeling soreness in his right triceps. Verlander was pulled after two scoreless innings and will undergo more tests after his velocity dropped from his previous start. He pitched the most innings in baseball and struck out a career-high 300. Update on the latest sports Garland is listed as week to week and is expected to miss the remainder of the Coyotes’ road trip.The 23-year-old right wing leads the Coyotes with 22 goals and is third with 39 points in 68 games.Arizona currently is two points out of a playoff berth and takes on the Jets in Winnipeg on Monday.NASCAR-PHOENIXLogano cruises to another win Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULELakers snap Clippers’ winning streakUNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have padded their lead in the NBA’s Western Conference by ending the Clippers’ six-game winning streak. NHL-HURRICANES-PENGUINSHurricanes hammer listless Penguins 6-2UNDATED (AP) — The Carolina have posted back-to-back victories against division rivals after entering the weekend on a four-game losing streak.Morgan Geekie had two goals and an assist in his NHL debut as the Hurricanes ripped the Penguins, 6-2 in Pittsburgh. Justin Williams contributed a pair of third-period goals for the Hurricanes, who are currently tied with the Blue Jackets for the two Eastern Conference wild-card berths. Columbus takes on the Canucks in Vancouver tonight.The Penguins have dropped eight of their last 10 and were outscored, 11-4 in losing weekend games to the Capitals and Carolina.