Rabu, 07 Juni 2023

Reports: Woman In Custody After Menacing Rampage In And Around Tompkins Square Park

 the woman was released and spotted back in the neighborhood Reports: Woman in custody after menacing rampage in and around Tompkins Square Park
Screengrab via Freedom News TV 

Updated: Per multiple residents and readers, the woman was released and spotted back in the neighborhood. (See the comments.)


Police arrested a woman yesterday afternoon after a reported "hair-pulling rampage" in Tompkins Square Park. 

According to ABC 7, "A woman was seen walking up to people and violently tugging on their hair." Witnesses said she approached between five and seven people in Tompkins. One report said she also attempted to grab a 7-month-old baby. 

After she left the Park, the woman was seen knocking over several tables and chairs outside restaurants on St. Park's Place and Avenue A. 

Police took her into custody on Ninth Street just west of Avenue A. ABC 7 reports that EMTs took her to Bellevue Hospital for an evaluation. 

Freedom News TV posted a 3-minute video of the incidents on YouTube.

According to the Post, the woman is only know to the NYPD as Pop Star.

A Call For Volunteers And Donations For Asylum Seekers This Week

We're posting a volunteer call here. We're looking for people from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, June 6, and from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday. People can arrive at 107 Avenue B (near the corner of Seventh Street) any time in that range to assist for however long they can. 

We especially need folks who can arrive early to sort and fold clothing and personal items and people who have translation skills in Spanish and French (or Arabic, Mandarin, or Russian) who may be comfortable at the tables distributing goods. (No heavy lifting!) 

In-demand donations include backpacks, book bags, shoes (especially sneakers and chancletas), laundry detergent, jeans, sweats, T-shirts, shorts, underwear, jackets and sweaters. Also welcome: Blankets and bedding, washcloths and towels, and personal care kits. All for adults; there are no children or infants at this location. 

The only assistance the asylum seekers are receiving is from community members. The city continues to obstruct and object to the flow of goods, food, and services, yet the Mayor's office continues to request community support. It's confusing and frustrating, though watching the neighborhood turn out repeatedly to assist has been uplifting and heartening.

Roland Garros Bau Kencur Championships Begin Sunday With 12 Americans In Action; Blanch And Kang Draw No. 1 And No. 2 Seeds; Ncaa Champion Tian Reaches Rancho Santa Fe $15K Selesai; Three Us Women, No Us Men Make Second Week At Roland Garros

The Roland Garros Junior Championships begin Sunday with 12 of the 17 Americans in first round singles action.

Three-quarters of the 64 singles matches are on Sunday's schedule, including one must-see match in the boys draw: No. 2 seed and reigning Australian Open boys champion Alexander Blockx of Belgium against Stanford rising freshman Kyle Kang.

Kang, who reached a men's ITF World Tennis Tour $25K semifinal last week, received entry into the main draw by virtue of his ATP ranking inside the Top 750, but didn't have a ranking high enough to get seeded by the ITF formula, unlike Dino Prizmic of Croatia, who, due to his ATP ranking of 293, was awarded the No. 3 seed.

Kang leads his head-to-head with Blockx 1-0, beating him 4-6, 6-3, 4-1 ret. in the second round of this year's J300 in Traralgon, the warmup to the Australian Open. 

Although it is not on Sunday's schedule, top seed Rodrigo Pacheco Mendez of Mexico has drawn another tough American in 15-year-old Darwin Blanch. Blanch, the reigning Kalamazoo 16s champion, reached the semifinals of a ITF WTT men's $15K in Spain in April, while Pacheco Mendez has picked up a couple of wins at ATP Challengers in Mexico this spring.

ITF J300 Astrid Bowl doubles champion Alexia Harmon did make the main draw by way of a special exemption, as did Wakana Sonobe of Japan, who won the singles title today in Belgium. Sonobe, the No. 8 seed, defeated Elizara Yaneva of Bulgaria 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. The boys champion is unseeded 15-year-old Mees Rottgering of the Netherlands, who is not in the draw at Roland Garros, as his ITF bau kencur ranking of 89 left him outside the qualifying acceptances, thus making him ineligible for a special exemption. Rottgering defeated No. 15 seed Lasse Poertner of Germany, also not competing at Roland Garros, 6-3, 6-4 in the championship match.

Below are the first round matchups for all 17 Americans in the draw, with the asterisks denoting those playing Sunday:

Darwin Blanch v Rodrigo Pacheco Mendez[1](MEX)
*Cooper Williams[9] v Abel Forger(NED)
*Alexander Razeghi v Hayato Matsuoka(JPN)
*Maxwell Exsted[Q] v Oliver Ojakaar[11](EST)
*Kaylan Bigun v Juan Carlos Prado Angelo[8](BOL)
*Alexander Frusina v Fernando Cavallo(ARG)
Roy Horovitz v Yuvan Nandal(IND)
*Learner Tien v Federico Bondioli[13](ITA)
*Kyle Kang v Alexander Blockx[2](BEL)

*Tatum Evans v Melisa Ercan(TUR)
*Ariana Pursoo v Astrid Lew Yan Foon[WC](FRA)
Kaitlin Quevedo[4] v Mingge Xu(GBR)
Tyra Grant[Q] v Renata Jamrichova[7](SVK)
*Valeria Ray v Cara Maria Mester(ROU)
*Mia Slama v Hayu Kinoshita(JPN)
Alexia Harmon[SE] v Tamara Kostic[Q](AUT)
*Clervie Ngounoue[2] v Lucia Pawlak[WC](FRA)

*first round Sunday

Live scoring is available at the Roland Garros situs web.

The singles finals are set at the SoCal Pro Series men's and women's $15,000 tournament in Rancho Santa Fe. To anyone who watched her play last week in Lake Nona, it's no surprise that NCAA singles champion Fangran Tian is one of the finalists, despite not being seeded. Tian defeated No. 3 seed Solymar Colling(San Diego) 6-2, 7-6(1) today to run her winning streak to 10 matches, all earned without the loss of a set. The 19-year-old from China, a rising sophomore at UCLA, will face No. 2 seed Megan McCray(Oklahoma State), who beat No. 7 seed Haley Giavara(Cal) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the other semifinal.

The women's doubles title went to No. 4 seeds Eryn Cayetano(USC) and Princeton rising freshman Isabella Chhiv, who defeated the unseeded team of McCray and Brandy Walker 6-4, 6-3 in the tamat. It's the first pro title for Chhiv, while Cayetano now has four, two in singles, two in doubles.

The men's tamat will feature No. 3 seed Colin Sinclair(Cornell) of the Northern Mariana Islands and No. 4 seed Jaimee Angele of France. Sinclair defeated qualifier Noah Schachter(Texas A&M) 6-3, 7-5, while Angele beat No. 6 seed Keegan Smith(UCLA) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. 

Cracked Racquets is providing semifinal and simpulan round coverage of all seven weeks of the SoCal Pro Series via their YouTube Channel.

The last three US men were eliminated from Roland Garros in today's third round action, with both Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe falling to lower seeds.

The news was better for women, with Coco Gauff getting past fellow teenager Mirra Andreeva and 28-year-old Bernard Pera reaching the second week of a slam for the first time. They join Sloane Stephens, who plays No. 2 seed and Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus Sunday.

Saturday's third round results of Americans:
Coco Gauff[6] d. Mirra Andreeva[Q](RUS) 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-1
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova(SVK) d. Kayla Day[Q] 6-1, 6-3 
Bernarda Pera d. Elisabetta Cocciaretto(ITA) 6-4, 7-6(2)

Francisco Cerundolo[23](ARG) d. Taylor Fritz[9] 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5
Alexander Zverev[22](GER) d. Frances Tiafoe[12] 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-1, 7-6(5)
Nicolas Jarry(CHI) d. Marcos Giron 6-2, 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-3

Blanch Wins Again At Roland Garros Bau Kencur Championships; Usta Announces Us Open Wild Cards For American Ncaa Champions; Ita D-I Regional Awards Released; Langmo Defeats Mmoh, Smu's Neff Advances At Tyler Challenger

Darwin Blanch followed up his victory Monday over top seed Rodrigo Pacheco Mendez of Mexico with another impressive victory Tuesday, defeating Antoine Ghibaudo of France 6-3, 6-3 to join Learner Tien and Cooper Williams in Wednesday's round of 16 at the Roland Garros Junior Championships.

Blanch was the only American of the three in action who advanced, with Roy Horovitz losing to No. 10 seed Joao Fonseca of Brazil 6-3, 6-0 and No. 4 seed Kaitlin Quevedo falling to Rebecca Munk Mortensen of Denmark 7-6(8) 6-3. Quevedo was up 3-0 serving in the second set, but Munk Mortensen took the last six games of the match.

Tien and Williams, the Australian Open boys doubles champions and No. 6 seed this week, opened their quest for a second straight bau kencur slam title with a 6-2, 6-4 win over the French wild card team of Jules Leroux and Loan Lestir. Clervie Ngounoue, who reached the singles round of 16 with a win yesterday, and Tyra Grant, also seeded sixth, won their first round match 6-2, 6-0 over Vlada Micheva of Russia and Anya Murthy. Quevedo and Mayu Crossley of Japan, the No. 2 seeds, gave a walkover to their 14-year-old opponents Emerson Jones of Australia and Hannah Klugman of Great Britain in a first round doubles match scheduled for today. 

Tuesday's second round junior results of Americans:

Darwin Blanch d. Antoine Ghibaudo(FRA) 6-3, 6-3
Joao Fonseca[10](BRA) d. Roy Horovitz 6-3, 6-0
Rebecca Munk Mortensen(DEN) d. Kaitlin Quevedo[4] 7-6(8), 6-3

Wednesday's third round bau kencur matches featuring Americans:
Clervie Ngounoue[2] v Iva Ivanova(BUL)
Cooper Williams[9] v Lorenzo Sciahbasi[Q](ITA)
Learner Tien v Alexander Blockx[2](BEL)
Darwin Blanch v Adriana Dzhenev[14](BUL)

The USTA made an unusual announcement today about US Open wild cards. The unusual part is not that the Americans who won NCAA titles would be awarded wild cards--those wild cards have been offered(with a couple of oversights) for many years. But the announcement itself is the departure; often the NCAA American champions were not officially granted the wild cards until all the other wild cards were announced in mid-August. This is a welcome change, so eliminating the awkward phrasing of "expected to receive" or "traditionally receive" when an NCAA champion competes during the summer and the topic of the US Open wild card is discussed. 

The release is here, with quotes from men's singles champion Ethan Quinn and women's doubles champions Fiona Crawley and Carson Tanguilig.

The ITA Regional Awards for Division I were announced today, with the National Awards scheduled to be released on Monday, June 12. The men's Regional Awards are here; the women's Regional Awards are here.

At the ATP Challenger 75 in Tyler Texas, former University of Miami standout Christian Langmo, a lucky loser, defeated top seed Michael Mmoh 6-3, 7-6(2) today. He will face SMU rising senior Adam Neff, who received a main draw wild card and yesterday defeated Joao Lucas Reis Da Silva of Brazil 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, his first win at any level of professional tennis.  Draws are available here. Free live streaming, with commentary by Mike Cation, is available at the ATP Challenger TV homepage.