Lead Exercise 4

September 20, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Reid Rosen

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Lead Exercise 4


An armed robbery took place last night on 450 Stanley Street at BJ’s Drug. Two men entered the store with ski masks. The robbery which took place at about 8: 30 P.M lasted less than a minute. Store owner Barney Joseph Jr. was held at gun point by one man as the other man took the $382.65 from the cash machine.

Joseph the shop owner kept a gun under the counter but because of the pace of the robbery did not use it. He told police that he could reach the gun but felt that is was too dangerous. Joseph describes his decision by saying “I’d rather part with my money than my life.”

Joseph’s father, who also ran the BJ’s drug before, was shot and killed in a robbery. The robbery took place 25 years ago. Joseph recounts the story “Yes, Dad resisted, I guess. Anyway, they found him shot to death, his own gun in his hand, and a bullet in the store’s ceiling.”

Suffolk Downs

Suspicious fire kills 15 horses at Suffolk Downs Race Track. At four o’clock this morning a fire started at the barn where 25 horses were stabled. Ten of the 15 horses managed to escape the fire. Two of the horses managed to escape by stampeding through the barnyard with their backs on fire.

Only several rows of charred wooden supports remain.  Albert Ramos commented on the situation while watching the clean crew “That’s my best Friends.” He said, pointing to the surviving horses. “I love horses more than I do people. I feel like I want to cry.”

The fire started in the middle of the barn leading many to believe the fire’s cause to be arson. Dan Bucci assistant general manager commented on the situation by saying “It could have been of an incendiary nature because it started in the middle of the barn, not at the end. Only heaters and electrical outlets were in the tack rooms at the ends of the barns.”

Jim Connery the fire chief supported this suspension by saying “Flames were shooting out of the building when we got here. The fire is definitely suspicious.”

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One Response to “Lead Exercise 4”
  1. fuglsang says:

    Don’t miss the drama of the story, Reid: Two armed men robbed a local drug store last night while holding the owner at gunpoint.

    The Suffolk lead is good, though you should be careful of “telegraph style” where you leave out important words.