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UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) Investigators with the University City Police Department are working to determine who knocked over or damaged dozens of headstones at a local Jewish cemetery Thursday morning. Police would not say if they considered the vandalism at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery to be a hate crime. It is believed there was some organization behind the crime, meaning this was not the act of one individual.
The tombstones vandalized are in an older section of the cemetery; much of which pre-date 1960. A steady stream of people were stopping by to see if the toppled headstones belonged to any of their family members who are buried at the site.
“These are holocaust survivors that are in here they shouldn’t have to endure anymore trauma let them be settled,” said Robin Rickerman whose elders including great aunts and uncles are buried at the gravesite.
“I can’t believe people would do that anywhere to anyone, it’s just wrong,” said Golda Burke whose grandparents on her dad side are buried on the other side of the vandalized site.
“It’s not ok,” she said, “it’s never ok to desecrate the dead.”
Police said they’re reviewing security camera footage from the area. More than 100 headstones were damaged.
The investigation coincides with yet another round of bomb threats at Jewish community centers across the nation.
According to cemetery executive director, Anita Feigenbaum a clean-up effort is being planned. Feigenbaum, said the Muslim community has offered to help with the effort as well.
Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 4:25 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 5:35 AM
UPDATE @ 5:35 a.m.
Springfield police said one suspect is in custody and a second is on the run following an early morning shooting on North Florence Street Tuesday. The victim, only identified as a man, was transported by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment, but his condition is unknown. One suspect has been taken into custody for questioning, and officers said they are looking for a second person they believe was involved. Investigators did not release a description of the second suspect.
Police said the incident began as a dispute, but additional details were not immediately available.
Springfield police are investigating reports of a man shot on North Florence Street early Tuesday morning. The incident was first reported around 4:10 a.m. in the 200 block of North Florence Street. Initial reports indicate the victim was sitting in a vehicle and was shot in the chest.
The condition of the victim and the severity of his injuries was not immediately known. A CareFlight medical helicopter has been dispatched to meet medics at Springfield Regional Medical Center, according to scanner traffic. We have a crew heading to the scene and we ll update this page when new information becomes available.
1. Caleb Swanigan is having a season for the ages
Take the videos and pictures of this kid and put them away; we may never see another big man have a season of this type of production level in a very long time.
Purdue s broad-shouldered sophomore power forward has tallied double-doubles in 24 of 27 games this season and has had three games with 20 or more points and 20 or more rebounds.
Thanks to a refined diet along with a relentless approach, Swanigan has become far and away the best player in the Big Ten this season and will lead the Boilermakers to what should be a high seed in the NCAA Tournament.
He s averaging 18.9 points and 13.0 rebounds while shooting a blistering 48.3 percent from long distance. By comparison, Swanigan averaged 10.2 points and 8.3 rebounds last season as a freshman while only shooting 29.2 percent from three-point range.
This is a bona fide first-team All-American and a legitimate contender for the Wooden Award.
Purdue is 22-5 overall heading into Tuesday s games at Penn State.
2. Tyler Dorsey is the key for Oregon s long-term potential
The Ducks were able to beat Colorado on Saturday by 34 in Eugene with Dorsey only tallying a modest eight points, but to play deep into the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, Oregon will need Dorsey to score the ball at an elite level.
Dana Altman s squad is 11-1 in games this season where Dorsey scored 16 or more points, and his ability to make outside shots opens up the floor for everyone and gives Oregon a legitimate secondary option behind Dillon Brooks.
Dorsey has attempted five or more three-point shots in seven consecutive games and is 17-43 from long distance during that span.
It s going to take that type of consistency (39.5 percent) for the Ducks to get back in the same position they were a year ago when they fell to Oklahoma in the Elite Eight after winning both the Pac-12 regular season and tournament titles.
3. Duke can further cement its status this week
The Blue Devils have won seven games in a row and are trending towards potentially being one of the favorites entering the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
Mike Krzyzewski s team will next play back-to-back road games at Syracuse and Miami two teams that are currently projected to be in the field of 68 and two more victories in those games will only continue to enhance the notion that this squad is capable of being the unit that many thought it would be prior to the start of the season.
Syracuse and Miami aren t world beaters, or even potential second-weekend teams in the NCAA Tournament, but if Duke were to beat both of those teams this week it would give the Blue Devils five consecutive road victories. That s awfully impressive considering how good the ACC is this season.
Duke is currently 22-5 overall and 10-4 in conference play a game behind North Carolina.
This and That:
Here s an amazing stat on UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball: Prior to Saturday night s win over USC, the 6-6 point guard only attempted four mid-range shots on the entire season. This kid is either scoring the ball in the paint or shooting it from three-point range. That s a sign of somebody knowing what he s good at and also being good at what he knows. It s hard to argue with the results.
You have to wonder if John Calipari is going to find more minutes for Mychal Mulder after his performance on Saturday at Georgia. The 6-6 wing had nine points in 14 minutes and gave Kentucky another shooter that could space the floor. The Wildcats need makers, and Mulder is a maker despite his defensive liabilities.
Troy Caupain is taking things to another level with his ball security. Cincinnati s senior point guard has a combined 26 assists to just two turnovers in his last five games.
A word to the wise put Arizona s Chance Comanche on your early breakout list for next season. The 6-11 big man will get a major increase in minutes in 17-18 if Lauri Markkanen goes to the NBA as expected and recent results show he ll be more than up to the task. Comanche tallied 13 points and seven rebounds in Saturday s win at Washington as he stepped in for Dusan Ristic, who missed the game with injury.
Pitt the 13th-place team in the ACC has beaten both Syracuse and Florida State in the last two weeks. This is the best league ever in the history of college basketball from top to bottom, and frankly, it s not that close.
Will Wade now has an overall record of 47-16 as VCU s head coach. The 34-year old has kept the Rams program at an elite level despite a slew of massive personnel departures when he got the job in 2015.
Florida sophomore Kevarrius Hayes now becomes the X-Factor for the Gators following John Egbunu s season-ending ACL tear. How did the 6-9 big man do in his first start against Mississippi State? Nine points, 13 rebounds, and four blocks in 25 minutes of work. This is a major name to monitor moving forward into March.
Notre Dame freshman T.J. Gibbs has given Mike Brey quality mileage as a freshman. The New Jersey native hasn t been a huge offensive contributor, but can affect the game in other ways. The 6-3 guard has a combined five steals in his last two games and should be another great program guy in South Bend. He is the brother of former Pitt guard Ashton Gibbs and former Seton Hall and UConn guard Sterling Gibbs.
La Salle is the type of team that could steal a bid at the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Pittsburgh because of its overall offensive prowess. Need a scouting report on the Explorers? Check them out Tuesday night against Rhode Island. Tip off is at 6 ET on CBS Sports Network.
Harvard is now starting four freshmen Seth Towns, Justin Bassey, Bryce Aiken, and Chris Lewis alongside Siyani Chambers. Tommy Amaker s squad is 16-7 overall and in second place in the Ivy League behind Princeton.
Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.