Month: July 2019

  • Woman hit with foam projectile weapon at Warriors celebration in SF

    first_imgA 26-year-old Warriors fan ended her night in the emergency room with a bruise and two stitches over her eye after police fired foam projectiles into a crowd at 22nd and Mission streets to disperse a crowd that had been throwing bottles at the line of officers. The woman, a San Francisco resident, requested anonymity. She said she had done nothing wrong, and had in fact been trying to keep safe, and her injury appears to be the result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. “I understand why they did what they did in a way, because I get people are throwing bottles at them, which people should not have been doing,” she said. Nevertheless, she asked, “Why shoot into a crowd of 20 people when there’s kids there? I just know that there may be other ways that they can get crowds to settle down.”She and her boyfriend had returned to the city from watching the game in Oakland because they feared Oakland might become unsafe. After meeting with her cousin and her boyfriend’s brother and dropping in at Balancoire, she and her group headed along Mission Street to the car she had left parked on 22nd Street. On the way, it became clear that police were starting to move people off Mission Street, having declared the gathering illegal over loudspeakers. Revelers had lit a bonfire in the street, and many threw glass bottles at officers. Then the woman heard officers firing something, which those on the scene guessed were rubber bullets. Police confirmed officers fired 40 millimeter (1.5 inches)  foam batons.The injury.The woman says she and her group ducked into a Wells Fargo entryway alcove facing Mission Street. A group of 20 or so others, including a boy the woman estimated to be five or six years old, also huddled to avoid being hit. “It was hidden so I thought it would be safe in there,” she said. The woman tried to protect her younger cousin. “I’m like, ‘stay behind me…If you get hit with one it’s not like getting hit with a paintball.’ She wanted to go up and take video.”But it appears that the projectile hit the woman after ricocheting off the wall of the alcove.“I’m thinking we’re good, we’re safe, we’re in the corner. I guess it hit me and I didn’t even realize it for like three seconds,” she said. “Someone said, oh shit she’s [bleeding]. I thought it was my cousin. My blood literally was squirting on her.”A Mission Local photographer encountered the woman almost immediately after she was struck, but at the time, she declined to be photographed.A police spokesperson, Sgt. Michael Andraychak, wrote that after several fires were started police tried to escort firefighters to the area, but that they were unable to access the fires because of the bottles being thrown by the crowd.“Several dispersal orders were given but members of the crowd continued to throw dozens of bottles at officers,” Andraychak wrote. “Officers used extended range impact weapon (ERIW) projectiles after identifying members of the crowd who were throwing bottles.”Andraychak did not have any information by press time about the number of civilians injured. He encouraged civilians to bring complaints to any supervisor at a police station or to the Department of Police Accountability, formerly the Office of Citizen Complaints.  The woman has filed a complaint with the Department of Police Accountability. Next, she will wait for the swelling on her eye to go down in order to get her eye examined, in the hopes that no permanent damage has been done to the eye on the injured side. “I didn’t realize how much I use my eyebrows when I talk,” the woman said Thursday morning by way of describing the extent of her pain. “It’s not that bad anymore…At least I still have my eye.” Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

  • Sexual assault survivor advocates hit SFPD with legal ultimatum

    first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter The San Francisco Police Department is still flouting the law and failing to release police reports in a timely manner to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, leaving them without the ability to obtain much-needed restraining orders and putting them in harm’s way.That’s the charge leveled by survivor advocates. And, as a result, attorneys who represent these survivors are threatening to sue the department unless it properly follows the law. They have given the department until the end of the month to share a satisfactory policy and release reports on time. This comes despite the department scrambling earlier this year to come into compliance with the law — California Family Code § 6228 — that mandates it disseminate the reports to survivors within five days, precisely because the need for restraining orders. “These delays in providing these reports are only harming people,” said Fawn Jade Korr, a Bay Area Legal Aid attorney who has been pressuring the department to follow the law since last year. Email Addresscenter_img She said the affected people are not only the survivors themselves but also their children. The issue received a flurry of attention when Korr and other attorneys who represent survivors took the matter to the San Francisco Police Commission in January and threatened similar legal action. The commission subsequently formed a working group to craft a policy that would bring the SFPD in compliance with the 20-year-old law. The working group came up with a draft policy in March. Nonetheless, “We’re not really seeing a difference,” said Korr. “And that’s concerning.” Attorneys like herself and unrepresented survivors, she said, are still having a difficult time obtaining police reports for their restraining orders. Korr and Bay Area Legal Aid are now giving the department an ultimatum, which was laid out in a comprehensive letter to City Attorney Dennis Herrera and SFPD Chief Bill Scott.  “Unless we receive a copy of a reasonable implementation plan that comports with the language drafted by the working group, along with an acceptable method of oversight and reporting to accompany the plan by the close of business on Monday, April 29, 2019, we will file action in San Francisco Superior Court,” the letter, signed by Korr and attorney Jeanne Finberg, states. David Stevenson, SFPD’s director of strategic communications, said that the department is in compliance with the law. “We will continue to work closely with survivor advocates to provide incident reports in a timely manner so that the department can be in full, documentable compliance with FC 6228,” he said. He said the new policy is currently under review. But Korr charges that she and other attorneys and advocates who represent survivors have been barred from reviewing the policy they were included in drafting. “They refuse to allow us to see it,” Korr said. “The fact that we’re having this conversation in April 2019 is evidence enough negotiations have failed.” The development is especially frustrating for Korr, who first raised this issue with the department in March of last year. The following June, the letter states, Scott — hoping to ward off a lawsuit from BayLegal — assured Korr and others that the department would implement policies around the law by the end of July 2018.That did not happen, the letter charges. By the following September, BayLegal clients were still unable to obtain police reports. Furthermore, the letter states, “We attempted to communicate with SFPD about the status of their compliance efforts, but we were rebuked and met with silence.” The letter stated that, despite the promised change in policy, “BayLegal has had to demand incident reports from top personnel before receiving them.” “We are even more concerned that other advocates without a direct line to SFPD’s top personnel and unrepresented litigants are all left without any recourse,” the letter states. Seventy percent of requests for reports through the law are from survivors without legal representation, the letter asserts, citing SFPD stats. “There really is no excuse for a lack of compliance,” Korr said. “It needs to happen and it needs to happen now.” last_img read more

  • A SPECIAL forum will be held at Langtree Park with

    first_imgA SPECIAL forum will be held at Langtree Park with Daniel Anderson, Eamonn McManus, Tommy Martyn and a first team player.Starting at 7.30pm on Thursday June 14 and priced at £10 with hotpot, tickets are now on sale.You can get yours from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling Geoff Cropper on 07780 504 724.last_img

  • MIKE Rush was pleased with Saints come from behin

    first_imgMIKE Rush was pleased with Saints’ come from behind win over Salford on Friday night.His side overturned a 10-0 deficit to win 32-10 and keep the pressure on the top three in the Stobart Super League.“You can’t underestimate those conditions, they were horrendous,” the Acting Head Coach said after the match. “We were a little frustrated in the first half especially with the way we went about a few things. We came up with errors in yardage and gave too many penalties away.“But in the second half we picked up and we’re really pleased to have took home the two points.”He continued: “We didn’t say much at half time just that we had to do the little things well and stick to what we do best. We knew we could win the game.“We got into a real grind and won the battle for territory and after that, when we got the chance to post some points we took them. That was important.“There are certainly a lot of positives we can take away from the game.”last_img read more

  • SAINTS have teamed up with Warrington to offer Mem

    first_imgSAINTS have teamed up with Warrington to offer Members reduced ticket prices when the two sides clash next Friday.The Wolves are offering £5 off an adult West Terrace ticket if bought before matchday.Concession and Young Adult Members can save £4, whilst Junior Members can, as usual, gain free entry.The mouthwatering tie will kick off at 8pm on Friday April 8 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.Prices are (for the West Terrace):Saints Members: Adult £15, Concession £10, Young Adult £10Non Members: Adult £20, Concession £14, Young Adult £14, Junior £10.Please note that prices on matchday go up £1 and the junior price will be the concession price on matchday. Under 4s need a match ticket for entry.Juniors must redeem their junior swaps before matchday.Tickets can be purchased from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.Pre bought coach travel leaves at 6.15pm and the price is £9 for non Members and £8 for Members.last_img read more

  • The Robins last win against the Saints was a 242

    first_imgThe Robins’ last win against the Saints was a 24-22 home victory on March 27  2015; Jon Wilkin scoring in the 31-22 victory at Craven Park the following season.Super League Summary:Hull KR won 9 St Helens won 12 (includes win in 2013 play-offs) 1 drawHighs and Lows:Hull KR highest score: 40-10 (H, 2014) (also widest margin) St Helens highest score: 68-12 (H, 2010) (also widest margin)Milestones:Tommy Makinson needs two tries to reach a century of touchdowns for St Helens. He has scored 98 tries in 173 games for the Saints since 2011.James Roby needs one try to reach a century of touchdowns for St Helens. He has scored 99 tries in 405 games for the Saints since 2004.Super League Milestones:(Players reaching significant figures in Super League games only, including play-offs & Super League Super 8s)Luke Thompson – 1 appearance away from 100 (99 for St Helens, 2013-2018) Mark Percival – 1 appearance away from 100 (99 for St Helens, 2013-2018)Betfred Super League Leading ScorersTries:1 Mark Percival (St Helens) 7 2 Ben Barba (St Helens) 6 3 = Fetuli Talanoa (Hull FC), Krisnan Inu (Widnes Vikings), Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 5Goals:1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 30 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 21 3 = Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers), Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 18 5 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity), Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 15Goals Percentage:1 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 85.71 (18/21) 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 84.00 (21/25) 3 = Danny Richardson (St Helens) (30/36), Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) (15/18), Lucas Albert (Catalans Dragons) 83.33 (10/12)Points:1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 65 2 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 52 3 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 47 4 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 40 5 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 34last_img read more

  • Jonny Lomax and Ben Barba speak to us about their

    first_imgJonny Lomax and Ben Barba speak to us about their Dream Team debuts and the big game on Thursday. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The podcast is in association with Wish FM.Subscribe!To subscribe to our Podcast, click here or search St Helens RFC Podcasts on iTunes.You can also listen on Stitcher too. Click here to find out more.last_img

  • BON VOYAGE Families send off loved ones on US Coast Guard Diligence

    first_img Sheehan said even though her husband is leaving she is happy for the time she spent with her him over the holidays.“It’s nice to have Christmas pictures, see family, everybody get to visit and wish their farewells and all that kind of stuff,” Sheehan said.Another fellow military wife Kelsey Denas said she understands what she signed up for marrying someone in the service, but it is still hard to say goodbye.Related Article: Shelter deemed unsafe for storm evacuees, forced to move again“I was a military brat myself so I’m used to the lifestyle, but its much different having him being gone like this,” Denas said.Now they remember the good memories made over the holiday season until their husbands return.“It’s hard having them away but it’s worth it,” Denas said.Family member don’t know the mission details but both Sheehan and Denis are excited for when their husbands returns. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The United States Coast Guard Cutter Diligence has set sail. Dozens of families watched as their loved ones in the United States Coast Guard left port on a new mission.“It’s weird people still adjust even though no matter how long you’ve done it, it’s still weird to adjust to it cause like having them gone you make certain decisions, but it’s not like they’re gone for a super long time anyways,” wife of U.S. Coast Guard Member Maidson Sheehan said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

  • Superintendent SitDown New Hanover County Schools

    first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Schools Superintendent Tim Markley stopped by Good Morning Carolina Thursday morning to discuss the recent teacher rally in Raleigh, redistricting, year-round school and more.According to the district’s website, Markley’s vision is that New Hanover County Schools will become the leading educational system in the state. As of right now, Markley said the district is doing well. The criteria includes looking at testing, graduation rates and staff retention rates. He said New Hanover is generally the top performing district in the southeast region.- Advertisement – School was closed yesterday in the county because of the teacher rally in Raleigh. Markley said the day was an opportunity to go up in an organized and peaceful way to have conversations with legislators. He understands teachers are asking for more than just higher pay.“When you see 20,000 people marching down the street in Raleigh, that’s a pretty clear message that they think there are some things that can be improved,” Markley said.When it comes to poverty in the county, Markley explained that federal funding allows the schools to put money into the higher poverty areas. He said in those areas, there are smaller class sizes and extra resources. Priority funding also helps to target the high poverty areas.Related Article: Brunswick Co. Schools still looking for bus drivers as other districts near full rostersMany parents in New Hanover County are concerned about redistricting. Markley said the board decided to delay implementing the plan for some time because they want to continue looking at growth patterns and the impact of a new elementary student opening up.Markley also addressed year-round schools in the county. He said there are currently five in the county and that the district is currently looking into the effectiveness of them. As of now, there are no plans to turn them back to traditional schools.When discussing parental involvement in a student’s life, Markley said a parent is a child’s first teacher, so it’s important they are actively involved. He hopes parents, especially in higher poverty areas, continue helping educational development outside of the classroom.Although New Hanover County Schools are one of the fastest growing areas in the state, growth is one of the struggles for the district, according to Markley. He explained the district is working to manage the growth and make use of all their resources. Another struggle for the area is retaining good teachers and making sure they have all the resources they need to be effective in the classroom.We still have two more superintendents from our area to sit down with on Good Morning Carolina.Columbus Co. Schools Superintendent Alan Faulk is scheduled for Friday, May 19. Whiteville City Schools Superintendent Kenny Garland is scheduled for Monday, May 21.We want to ask them about the questions that matter to you. E-mail your questions to [email protected]last_img read more

  • NHRMC lifts flu visitation restrictions

    first_img The hospital asked community members to refrain from taking children age 12 and under to any NHRMC hospital facility unless it was for the child’s treatment. A patient care area at New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover Regional Medical Center has lifted restrictions on children visiting due to a decrease in flu cases.NHRMC implemented the restrictions in January to limit the spread of flu within hospital facilities and the community.- Advertisement – last_img read more