Month: July 2019

Month: July 2019

first_imgDistrict Attorney George Gascón will make a decision in six to eight weeks on whether to charge the officers who fatally shot a homeless man in the Mission in April 2016, said Adriana Camarena, an advocate for the man’s family who met with Gascón on Wednesday. Camarena said that during the meeting, Gascón gave her and the family of Luis Gongora Pat a “lecture about the law and why it’s so difficult to press charges.” Camarena talked to reporters on the Hall of Justice steps following the meeting. It was the first time Gascón had met with the family since the incident. The District Attorney’s office has filed no charges in any of the five police shootings in the Mission District since 2011.  0% “It’s been an upsetting meeting, mostly because George Gascón doesn’t have an answer for why he hasn’t charged officers in any single case since he entered office,” Camarena said. “He just says it’s very hard.”  Police shooting cases are notoriously difficult to prosecute because an officer’s state of mind – whether they perceived a threat –plays a major role in determining whether the officer acted reasonably and within the law. But Camarena argued that Gascón should be using his new $1.5 million unit dedicated to investigating police shootings and in-custody deaths to overcome those hurdles. She further asserted that Gascón is prioritizing new cases over old ones, such as Gongora Pat’s. She said an investigator named Andrew Law has been assigned to the case, and she has given him the names of eight eyewitnesses who contradict the officers’ accounts. Law is following up with the witnesses, she said. “They say they have been looking at all the evidence,” Camarena said. On April 7, 2016, Sergeant Nate Steger and Officer Michael Mellone fatally shot Gongora Pat, a resident of a tent encampment on Shotwell Street, who police say charged at officers with a large knife. However, eight eyewitnesses told reporters in the days after the shooting that Gongora Pat never threatened the officers. They shot him within 30 seconds of exiting their patrol car, according to the record.Steger and Mallone are both on active duty, said SFPD spokesperson Officer Giselle Linnane. She said Steger is now assigned to the Special Operations Bureau while Mellone is assigned to the Administrative Bureau.  Gascón has declined to file charges in any of the cases in which police have killed civilians. His office has completed 11 of the 20 investigations underlying his decisions on whether to file charges in such cases. The other nine cases, including Gongora Pat’s, remain open. Camarena was not confident Gascón would file charges, but made it clear she and others would continue to press for justice. “Basically, the District Attorney is today guaranteeing police impunity because he has not filed charges in any single case,” Camarena said. “So are we hopeful? We’re always going to be hopeful … that he will have the courage to fight for a case, even if it’s hard. That is his job.”Camarena was joined by Gongora Pat’s cousin, Luis Poot Pat, as well as his brother, Jose Gongora Pat. “It was a complicated meeting,” Poot Pat said. “We are expecting him to press charges, but he has to have the courage to face us and tell us what his decision is going to be in this case.”  Camarena said a “low-profile observer” from the Mexican consulate was present at the meeting, as Gongora Pat was an immigrant from Yucatan. She said the consulate lodged a “formal protest” with the United States government following the incident. “Depending on what the DA does or doesn’t do, we (activists and the consulate) do have the ability to request the case be reviewed by the Department of Justice,” she said.  The Gongora Pat’s family has sued the officers and the City of San Francisco for what they believe to be a wrongful death. The trial is set to begin in October. center_img Tags: District Attorney • George Gascon • homeless • homelessness • Luis Gongora • police • police shooting • SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more


Month: July 2019

first_imgSAINTS are sad to report that Harry Wellens passed away at the age of 86 on Monday March 27.Harry served Saints for 30 years from the late seventies as a scout and was instrumental in referring many well-known players to the club over that period.Harry leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Julie and their six children who include former Saints great Paul Wellens.He was raised in the Parr area of St Helens where he always had a keen interest in playing sport.His first love was always rugby league and he made appearances for Saints B and Liverpool City before his rugby league career was cut short in his early twenties following a serious knee injury.Harry became a familiar figure on the touchline of most rugby clubs in the town over his lifetime watching with interest for the next Neil Holding or Paul Loughlin to emerge. Harry worked mainly for St Helens Council as a Painter and Decorator then latterly as a Pay and Bonus Supervisor before retiring in his mid-sixties.He was also a frequent visitor to Greenalls Club Alder Hey Road with his family and close circle of friends. The topic of conversation was usually “The Saints” and if there was time left other sports and the days current affairs would get some attention. He was also known for his dry sense of humour. As his health deteriorated Harry’s appearances at Greenalls became less and less.A family spokesperson said: “Dad finally passed away on Monday morning with family at his side.“We are immensely proud of him and the many messages we have received since are a clear indication of how highly he was regarded in the town.”Our thoughts are with the Wellens’ family at this time.last_img read more


Month: July 2019

first_img In this week’s edition of Cape Fear History & Mysteries, a local storyteller shares the story of what led up to the death of Edward Teach.Check out the video above to learn more.Then visit WWAYTV3.com/history-mysteries every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month for another installment of “Cape Fear History & Mysteries.” WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you know anything about the history of the Cape Fear region, you likely know about the role pirates played in that history.The most infamous pirate from our area is believed to be Blackbeard.- Advertisement – last_img


Month: July 2019

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Two men have been charged after a Pender County manhunt that lasted most of Sunday afternoon.According to Sgt. Jason Casteen with Highway Patrol, around 11:50 a.m., troopers first attempted to stop a car in Maple Hill. The car drove west on Hwy. 53 towards Burgaw. When it approached the intersection on Shaw Highway, the car’s tires were flattened by stop sticks from Highway Patrol. Officials say while the car was still moving, two suspects jumped out.- Advertisement – Highway Patrol brought in a K9 unit to search for the suspect but was unsuccessful. Late in the afternoon, as the search was being called off, Sgt. Casteen said officers spotted the suspects walking on the side of the road. When law enforcement followed them, the suspects hid in the woods.The first suspect, the passenger, was captured around 5 p.m. The driver was captured around 7:30 p.m. and both were taken to the Pender County Jail.The driver, Richard Daniel Sloan III, 24, of Pender County, was charged with felony speeding, felony to elude and heed siren, possession of a firearm by a felon, driving with license revoked, speeding at 120 MPH in a 55 MPH zone, reckless driving, improper passing, driving left of center line, failure to wear a seat belt, and resist, obstruct and delay. Sloan was placed under a $75,000 bond.Related Article: ‘Staircase’ documentary prosecutor died of natural causesThe passenger, Theaireus Carr, 20, of Durham, was charged with possession of marijuana, resist, obstruct and delay and failure to wear a seat belt.last_img read more


Month: July 2019

first_img She also says she believes that despite their young age her students need to be aware of current events and have a voice for change.  “I just want them to know that they matter and that their opinion matters.  They are capable and no matter what they’re going through they can and will succeed as long as they put education first.”As the WWAY Michael and Son Teacher of the Week Ms. Long says her best advice to all students is to “be happy!”If you have a teacher who is making an impact in your life you can nominate them for Teacher of the Week by clicking here. LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Pamela Long says she feels blessed to be a teacher of sixth graders at Leland Middle School.  “I love them so much,” she says, “and they’re just incredible little people.”Long says that teaching is a two way street and she learns a lot from her students.  “I really believe that education should be reciprocal,” she says, “which means that they are also teaching me as I am teaching them.  I’m constantly changing where I sit and stand because we need to all learn together.”- Advertisement – last_img read more


Month: July 2019

first_img If you have any information, please contact WPD at (910) 343-3609 or use Text-A-Tip. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Do you know this man? Wilmington police say he is a person of interest in a home break-in that happened last week.Police say the break-in was in the Birch Creek Drive community on August 15.- Advertisement – last_img


Month: July 2019

first_img Firefighters from the Wilmington Fire Department and New Hanover County Fire Services responded to the scene.When the first crews arrived, they reported seeing heavy flames and smoke coming from the garage door area of the home.Firefighters searched the home and didn’t find anyone inside. No one was injured.Related Article: First responders join WARM in hurricane recovery effortsThe fire was deemed accidental and caused an estimated $130,000 in damage to both the structure and contents.The American Red Cross is assisting the residents who lived in the home. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Fire destroyed a Wilmington home late Wednesday night.The fire occurred at 6011 Cedar Ridge Drive and was reported around 10:21 p.m..- Advertisement – last_img


Month: July 2019

first_imgCredit: Omar CamilleriCredit: Omar Camilleri Malta’s record number of drug hauls is thanks to its €2.5 million investment at the Freeport last year, Minister for Finance Edward Scicluna has said.Minister Scicluna explained that owing to 2018 investment in new scanning equipment and a specialised Canine Unit at the Freeport Terminal, Malta’s Customs authority had been able to ‘intensify operations against smuggling of illegal substances.’The investment was ‘bearing fruit,’ Scicluna said.Customs seize €15.7m in cocaine at the FreeportCustoms officials seize €2.7m in cocaine at Freeport€10.3 million in cocaine seized in 19-hour operation by CustomsThese comments were made during a visit by the EU’s Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier to the Freeport Terminal, discussing Malta’s preparations for Brexit.In addition to discussing the importance of the single market to EU member states, Barnier also praised the Malta’s Customs Department for their efforts in, ‘protecting consumers and businesses from counterfeit goods and thus in strengthening the principles of a single market.’Credit: Omar CamilleriOn the issue of Brexit, Minister Scicluna explained that the Customs Department was prepared and proactive for what could happen with the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more


Month: July 2019

first_img SharePrint New PN Member of Parliament Kevin Cutajar was during his first parliamentary discussion when he talked about amending the Ordinance regarding Pensions.Cutajar discussed the pensions of persons with disability and stated that while the economy is prospering, there are entire categories of people, including those who suffer from disabilities, which are not enjoying that wealth. He explained that this is a paradox, and that for him, it hurts when he sees people with disabilities ending up unemployed and not living an independent life.Cutajar asked that Government should seriously consider a reform regarding pensions, so that the country does not face this problem. Meanwhile, Cutajar added that the plan should include sectors such as that of people with disabilities and that they are helped and aided to catch up with the cost of living.Read: Cutajar takes oath to become MP; “Emotional”WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more


Month: July 2019

first_imgAdvertisement There’s a new epidemic known as cyberbullying, and it’s widespread — a Pew Research poll reported in 2007 that 32 percent of teenagers had been victims of cyberbullying [source: CNN.com].Stopcyberbullying.org defines cyberbullying as “when one child targets another using interactive technologies,” which can include online games, e-mail, cell phones, text messages and other electronic devices [source: Stopcyberbullying.org]. Cyberbullying includes death threats, sending someone a virus, hacking into an e-mail account, disrupting a person’s playing experience in an online game, intentionally embarrassing someone among his peers and many other actions [source: Stopcyberbullying.org].Cyberbullying has many terms associated with it, and we’ll go over a couple important ones here. Trolling is when someone posts intentionally antagonistic messages on an online bulletin board or discussion area. Griefing, one of the most common forms of cyberbullying, is harassment of another player or participant within an online game. Griefing has many different manifestations, some of which have their own specific names. For example, kill stealing: consistently killing monsters that another player is trying to kill, frustrating his attempts to advance in or play a game. – Advertisement – Acts of cyberbullying vary widely in content and effect, but they can be genuinely traumatic, especially in highly realistic worlds that blur the borders between fantasy and reality. And if an online gamer has invested hundreds or thousands of hours into his avatar (Internet representation of himself), online character or position in a game universe, there can be a significant emotional attachment at stake. On the other hand, posting embarrassing stories and photographs on a social networking site viewed by an entire high school can devastate a student. Cyberbullying often leads to real-life, physical conflicts as well as feelings of depression, hopelessness and loss.There have even been alleged instances of “virtual rape,” one in 2007 in the virtual world of “Second Life,” and another occurring as early as 1993 in “LambdaMOO,” an early text-based online game. The victims have described these events as emotionally scarring. The 2007 “Second Life” virtual rape allegations led to an investigation by Belgian police.Experts say that the Internet makes bad or anti-social behavior easier. The anonymity allowed by the Internet emboldens bullies as they feel shielded from the consequences of their acts. Judith Donath, an MIT professor who studies media and social networks, told CNN that online interactions easily change people’s perceptions of what’s acceptable and what’s not; it also can contribute to a sense that other players or participants aren’t real human beings [source: CNN.com].Much of the material on cyber bullying only mentions children and teenagers, but it’s not limited to them. There are reports of teachers as victims, with some even being forced to give up teaching due to constant harassment. Some kids use technology as a way to rebel against and taunt authority figures. Many of the online gamers who commit and suffer from cyberbullying are adults.On the next page we’ll look at some methods of stopping cyberbullies.howstuffworks.comlast_img read more