A vagrant was ordered to do community service after he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and admitted to a simple larceny charge.Jermain Josiah is accused of stealing one car battery valued $20,000; the property of Troy Samuels.The court heard that on May 7, 2018, while in the Stabroek area, Josiah, who is known to the Virtual Complainant was seen removing the battery from where Samuels usually operates a small business.The battery was used to light a bulb at a stall where Samuels plies his trade as a wholesale groceries vendor.After making inquiries about the missing battery, the VC later learnt that it was Josiah who took it into his possession.The matter was reported, and Josiah was subsequently arrested.The man pleaded guilty to the charge and was subsequently ordered to perform four weeks of community service. Failure to pay the fine will result in him serving four weeks in prison. He told the Magistrate that he will proceed with the community service.
USC returned from Sun Devil Stadium tanned, confident and undefeated following its narrow victory over Arizona State. But the No. 1-ranked Trojans were all those things back in training camp. What really has emerged from the first third of the season and what does it say about USC’s remaining eight games? “We have given ourselves reason to believe we’re not in trouble until we decide we call it off,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “I’ve kind of felt our character in our program the past few years has been steady but that was a legitimate question before the season. “Is that character still in the makeup of our program? I think so.” It’s just one less question for Carroll a month into the season. Other seemingly important issues also quickly withered away. In July, Carroll’s biggest worry was middle linebacker. Is it a concern today? “Nope,” he said. Oscar Lua has emerged as a team leader and been more than adequate so far. He also has allowed USC to slowly groom freshman Rey Maualuga. Carroll is less concerned about the secondary, which continues to bleed yards (262.2 per game) but is a manageable situation. Masking a problem remains his specialty, and senior cornerback John Walker intercepted two passes last week despite being considered a major question mark. “The defense isn’t as good as last year,” Fouts said. “But they have the same coordinator (Carroll), and he’s just as good as he was.” Without those worries, what’s left? The offense, with tailbacks Reggie Bush and LenDale White running at will the past two games, has few issues. “Arizona State never really stopped them in the second half and they have such a lethal combo with Bush and White,” Fouts said. “They are so demoralizing for a defense because of White’s power and Bush’s speed.” Carroll found problems, of course, after thinking about it. He’s not quite as high on special teams and worries about road trips when he can take only 64 players. “I’m concerned about our depth at some spots and we still haven’t ironed out everything in our kicking game,” he said. “We didn’t cover a punt last week.” He also remains humble because he never has looked past the upcoming game and refuses to let the Trojans do so. “We’ve really zeroed in on stuff but can we handle the rigors of a season and focus on what issues are going to come up?” he said. “We’ll have to see.” USC also has learned something about its coaching staff. New offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has been through a nailbiter in Tempe and proved his mettle in the fourth quarter, when the Trojans kept Arizona State off-balance by mixing runs with passes to fullback David Kirtman. “I never thought we were going to lose,” Kiffin said. “I can say that with 100 percent certainty. I didn’t feel we had to reach out and take our best shots. I knew we wouldn’t lose. “We were wearing them down.” Any problems the offense experienced through four games were due more to mistakes than opposing defenses, Kiffin said. “I don’t think it’s anything but beating ourselves,” Kiffin said. “We had nine penalties in the first half. That was us. When we’re executing, we’re fine.” And after last week’s emotional victory, even a wary Wyatt believes the past two games relieved the Trojans of any complacency that developed with slow starts. “It’s one of those things people understand now,” he said. “The team now realizes you have to play week in and week out. I already knew that because I’m always cautious. I don’t even go through yellow lights.” Scott Wolf, (818) 713-3607 firstname.lastname@example.org THEN AND NOW Through four games, USC’s marquee offensive performers are ahead of last year’s pace: Matt Leinart YearPassing YdsTDsINT 20041,02382 20051,286102 Reggie Bush YearRushing YdsTDs 20043303 20054916 LenDale White YearRushing YdsTDs 20043355 20054376 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Those lazy starts demonstrated the Trojans (4-0) are far from perfect. “They can always lose to somebody, and they still have a couple tough ones, especially with games at Notre Dame and California,” said former NFL quarterback Dan Fouts, a college football analyst for ABC. “But they’re like a heavyweight champ who’s taken everyone’s best shot. I’m not sure they’re as good as Muhammad Ali, but they have a quick-strike punch.” If there’s a unique aspect to the Trojans, it’s the ability to coolly come back from double-digit deficits. “Every team has its own chemistry and that’s USC’s challenge,” Washington State coach Bill Doba said. “It changes from year to year.” It’s this area in which USC quickly established its identity. No matter what has happened the past two weeks, USC demonstrated the character to overcome adversity. It’s already clear the Trojans are mortal, based on their slow starts against Oregon and Arizona State. Or maybe even a tad overconfident. “I’m pretty sure in the back of players’ heads, they thought teams would fall over after we beat Oregon,” cornerback Justin Wyatt said. “It’s kind of like some people go into things lackadaisical. People tend to relax. It’s not the way they talk, but it’s their demeanor.”