Williams-Mills aims for top three

first_imgFive-time World Championship 400 metres finalist Novlene Williams-Mills isn’t looking back at any of her eight national titles this week. Instead, she is fully focused on a top-three finish at the National Senior Championships.Speaking after a short workout inside the National Stadium yesterday, she said it is still a pleasure to run in Jamaica.Williams-Mills announced her plan to retire at the end of this season, but that is playing second fiddle to making the Jamaican 400-metre team for the World Championships in London.”I don’t want to be the focus of, OK, this is going to be her last race here,” she said. “Every time I come here, I think, I always come here to do my best,” she clarified, “and it’s always about being in the top three, you know, making that individual 400m, and this time isn’t going to be any different.”Though she was an individual Olympic finalist in 2008 and 2012, she had to be content last year with a fourth-place finish behind Stephenie McPherson, Christine Day and eventual Olympic bronze medal winner Shericka Jackson.”It hurt a little bit,” she reflected after her workout was complete, “because, I think, for the longest time, that’s been the first time I was not in the flat 400m, but, for me, I always say everything is for a reason and there were three great ladies who represented Jamaica in the 400m and I can’t take anything away from them.””They did a great job”, she continued, “but this year, I want to be one of those ladies that’s gonna be in the starting blocks representing Jamaica.”The 35-year-old Williams, bronze medallist in 2007 and a close fourth in 2009, is the second-fastest Jamaican 400m runner of 2017.The fastest is Chris-Ann Gordon at 50.39 seconds.last_img read more

Man to be charged in slaying

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsDetective Ty Labbe of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau declined to comment on a possible motive for the killing. But he said it appears the Lams were in a dire financial situation. Records show the Lams filed for bankruptcy on June 10, 2002. The FBI has also said that David Lam has a gambling problem. Lam was arrested Nov. 17 on Batam Island, Indonesia by the Indonesian National Police at the request of the FBI. He was turned over to the sheriff’s department Tuesday night. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said FBI agents in Jakarta and Singapore followed up on leads, some of them old, that led to Lam. A murder suspect found hiding in Indonesia will be arraigned Monday on charges he strangled his wife and buried her in their Rowland Heights backyard two years ago. David Lam, 45, will make his first court appearance at the West Covina branch Superior Court. The former Rowland Heights resident is being held at the sheriff’s East L.A. station in lieu of $1 million bail. A fugitive since 2005, Lam is suspected of killing his 49-year-old wife, Susan. Her remains were unearthed Sept. 23, 2005 in a shallow grave in the backyard of a house the couple rented in the 2600 block of Doubletree Lane. Details of how Lam survived while on the run are still sketchy. “According to Indonesian police, he’d been working odd jobs,” she said. Officials from the Indonesian Consulate General in Los Angeles didn’t return phone calls Wednesday. The Lams didn’t have children. Labbe said to his knowledge, Susan Lam was unemployed. Relatives reported Susan Lam missing on Sept. 13, 2005. They had last talked to her two days before. Shortly after his wife was reported missing, David Lam took a leave from his job at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens and disappeared. Deputies later found what looked like two graves behind the Rowland Heights house and started digging. “It was late on the 22nd when we knew a body was found in the back yard,” Labbe said. Authorities got word David Lam had left the country. “We had information he fled to Singapore then Indonesia,” said Eimiller of the FBI. “What we believe is he fled there immediately after the crime … that’s where we focused the fugitive investigation. Ultimately he was found on that island.” She said Lam may have been living on Batam the entire time he was a fugitive. But added that it’s also possible he lived in other parts of Indonesia. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more