The case of alleged simple larceny in which 64-year-old Walter Joseph of Oronoque Drive, Retrieve, Linden has been accused of removing from Black Face Disco, where he was employed, 60 cases of empty Banks DIH Ltd bottles valued at $30,000, at some time between May 2017 and February 2018, commenced on Tuesday before Linden Magistrate Clive Nurse.The virtual complainant on Tuesday took to the stand to give evidence against Joseph, who is currently on $20,000 bail and is being represented by attorney René McDonald.The matter has, however, been adjourned to August 27.
Those lazy starts were not fatal but 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 Dan Fouts, 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 their 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 where USC quickly established its identity. No matter what has happened the past two weeks, USC demonstrated the character to overcome adversity. LOS ANGELES — USC returned from Sun Devil Stadium tanned, confident and undefeated following its narrow victory over Arizona State last Saturday. But the top-ranked Trojans were all those things back in training camp. What has really emerged from the first third of the season that no one knew about USC and what does it say about the remaining eight games? 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.” “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 fewer 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’s also 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 has 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. We didn’t cover a punt last week.” He also remains humble because he’s never looked past the upcoming game and refuses to let the Trojans look ahead. “We’ve really zeroed in on stuff but can we handle the rigors of a season and focus on what’s issues are going to come up?” he said. “We’ll have to see.” USC has also learned something about its coaching staff. New offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has been through a nail-biter 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 other 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 can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!