Fights Shooting Plague Memorial at SF Mission Homicide Site

first_img 0% Tags: crimes • shootings Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Two women leaving a yoga class Tuesday night reported witnessing the drive-by shooting at the memorial site at about 10:15 p.m. Cathy Miller and her sister, local jazz singer Lavay Smith, were leaving the Yoga to the People studio near 16th and Capp streets when they said they heard a string of gunshots coming from a car driving down 16th Street.“My sister and I had just finished class and we were standing at the corner of  of 16th and Mission getting ready to cross over Mission when we heard ‘Bam bam bam bam,’” said Miller. She described seeing a “small, black car” pull out of Hoff Street and turn right on 16th Street “spraying bullets” at the area where the altar had been erected for Salvador. “There were multiple gunshots and it was so loud and close — it was the worst I have ever witnessed in the Mission.”“I don’t know if they were aiming at people or just firing to disrespect the memorial, it seemed like a huge retaliation,” said Smith. “Everybody hit the ground because it was so much fire power.”Miller and Smith, along with multiple other people who were at the intersection, scrambled to take cover immediately. “I huddled behind a parked car’s tires along with two other men and my sister hid behind a newspaper stand,” said Miller. “It was so scary — I’m so glad we didn’t get hit.”Miller said she did not see if there were any congregants at the memorial site, but that the bullets were clearly aimed at the area. As the women fell to the ground, Miller said they were unable to see the shooter but witnessed the car turning right on Mission Street and speeding off southbound. center_img Residents and passersby from the area near 16th and Hoff streets have reported at least two fights and one drive-by shooting at the memorial site of 26-year-old Hector Salvador, who was shot and killed early Sunday morning. No one was injured by the shooting Tuesday night, though 16 people were detained at the scene and two arrested for being drunk in public.A police spokesperson said that officers detained everyone at the scene when they arrived and questioned them about the shooting, but none were cooperative. Two were arrested for public intoxication and spent the night in a drunk tank. Officers found handgun shells at the scene, but have no suspects for the shooting.The flowers, bottles, baseball caps, and photos set up in tribute to Salvador were gone by Wednesday morning, replaced early this morning by bouquets of flowers and a dozen candles left after a prayer service by family and friends.Scuffles broke out both on Sunday and Tuesday nights, said one resident. On Tuesday night, the resident said she heard yelling that “sounded as if someone was being beaten,” and shortly thereafter she heard several shots fired.last_img read more

ATELEA Vea says Saints have to regain their form q

first_imgATELEA Vea says Saints have to regain their form quickly if they are to have any hopes of being successful this season.“It’s a steep hill and you can quickly fall down it once you are in bad form,” he said. “Once you get it and get a hold of it, it can put you in good place heading into the back end of the season.”Til, like his teammates, are smarting from the loss to Hull FC at the weekend – and want to begin to put things right when Saints take on Salford this Friday .“They (Salford) will be hurting too after their cup defeat,” he continued. “The short turnaround is good for us as it means we can get back in to the game. We can’t afford to take too long thinking about it and what could have been. We have to restore some pride in the team.“Personally, I can’t wait to get back out there and have another go.“I’m feeling fit and happy I am back from injury. It is mentally challenging coming through an injury and I feel for those boys who are going through it now.“My job now is to hit some form and keep that going into the season.”Tickets for Friday’s First Utility Super League tie with Salford Red Devils are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park.You can also call 01744 455 052 or log on here.last_img read more

Wood who became Chief Executive of the Rugby Foot

first_imgWood, who became Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League and Super League in 2007, has been a Rugby Football League Board Member for sixteen years and will leave the organisation this month.Wood, who is one of the longest serving administrators in the sport, was one of the two original creators of Super League Ltd and instrumental in devising the Grand Final concept in 1998. He was also behind the introduction of the Magic Weekend, first brought into the sport in 2008 and secured the biggest commercial deal in the sports history with long term broadcast partner Sky Sports in 2014.Nigel Wood, said: “I am extremely honoured and privileged to have served as Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League. I am an unashamed Rugby League fan and can think of no greater honour that be asked to fulfil the role of CEO for the Rugby Football League. However leadership presents many tests, and the greatest of these is to recognise when it is time to step out and this is the right moment to do so. I would like to place on record my unreserved thanks to the many excellent colleagues, the clubs and all those that I have worked with throughout the last sixteen years and wish them the best of luck for the future.”Confirming the departure, Chairman of the Rugby Football League, Brian Barwick, said: “Nigel has been a superb administrator, innovator and advocate for the sport of Rugby League in this country. His range of achievements in the sport speak for themselves and he has brought a genuine love of the game to his work over many years. His time at the helm of the Rugby Football League will always be looked upon warmly and with great respect.”After overseeing one of the most successful Rugby League World Cup’s ever in 2013, Wood recently helped the Rugby Football League secure £25 million in additional Government funding to deliver the 2021 World Cup and improve facilities for Rugby League across the country. Wood will continue as Chairman of the Rugby League World Cup 2021 Ltd.Wood also played a key role in expanding the horizons of English Rugby League, introducing the Catalans Dragons and the Toronto Wolfpack to the league structure, while his appointment of Wayne Bennett as Head Coach of England saw the national side reach the final of the World Cup for the first time in 22 years.Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer will act as interim Chief Executive while the Rugby Football League Board begin the search for a new Chief Executive.last_img read more

Candidates for Wilmington City Council mayor talk growth and housing at forum

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – The New Hanover County NAACP hosted Wilmington City Council candidates Tuesday in a forum before the upcoming municipal elections.Dozens of neighbors showed up to hear from candidates in the crowded city council race. A lot of the talk tonight focused on growth, poverty and the changes coming to Wilmington for years to come.- Advertisement – Nine people are seeking the three seats up for grabs on the Wilmington City Council.The National Pan-Hellenic Council, NAACP, Masonic District and Links, key African American groups, hoped to get answers on why each candidate deserves to lead this city.“I know what developers want. I also know what they are trying to get away with. So I can represent you the residents the best on the council,”  incumbent Councilman Kevin O’Grady said, referring to his many years working at a litigator for development companies in Florida.Related Article: Bill requires 9th District primaries if there’s new election“I’ll go back to affordable housing. Some people up here will say that’s not a crisis, and maybe it’s not but it’s certainly important to me and it’s number one on my list,” another council incumbent Charlie Rivenbark said.Topics ranged from living wages to protecting older families or homes in north Wilmington from growth and gentrification. A major issue candidates brought up with that is the heir property situation; when a family members relinquishes ownership of a home to a list of family members and it is near impossible to reach each individual to either construct a sale or renovation of the home.“I am very interested in seeing that we help the northside with finding those deeds and helping families stay in their homes,” Clifford Barnett, who is running for office, said.Talk also covered bringing in more small business and handling the growth that estimates more than fifty to sixty thousand people will move to the area over the next twenty years. Candidates James Ray and Philip White also talked the idea of bringing a grocery store or a store with produce to areas like the northside.“Our economic growth, our development of a healthy senior retirement living, diverse modes of transportation, all of those things will make a great Wilmington,” challenger Hollis Briggs Jr. said.Crime was not brought up nor the ongoing drug overdose rates in the city or the ongoing issues with Gen-X and other chemicals in the water.The mayoral forum happened prior to council candidates taking to the mic. But incumbent Mayor Bill Saffo’s opponent Todd Zola refused to come to the forum according to the moderator.The third seat on council is held by Earl Sheridan. He announced at the beginning of the year he was not seeking re-election.last_img read more

Battleship nominated for best NC attraction

first_img A few weeks ago, USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards made the announcement about the Battleship being in the running.There are just a few days left to vote. It’s open for three more days, and winners will be announced at noon next Friday.To vote for the USS North Carolina, click here.Related Article: NC Aquariums nominated for USA Today 10Best USS North Carolina (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Did you know the USS North Carolina is a nominee for North Carolina’s Best Attraction Online Contest?You can help vote it to the top.- Advertisement – last_img

New Veterans Affairs Secretary visits center after Hurricane Florence

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Florence left it’s mark on the Cape Fear and many veterans had their appointments pushed back. As veterans come in to get their appointments done at the Wilmington Health Care Center, they and medical staff were visited by the new Veteran Affairs Secretary, Robert Wilkie.“As always, it’s good to be back in Wilmington. But it’s equally proud to stand and talk to the wonderful people who’ve been on watch since we realized that a hurricane was head to our state,” Wilkie said.- Advertisement – Wilkie toured the facility to see the damage that was done and then came outside to the mobile clinics in the parking lot to speak with and thank the medical staff for helping the veterans. He also said that if for any reason, a veteran can not be helped at this facility, they will help certain veterans get help from outside the system, if necessary.“If you can’t get it here because of this, we’ll be able to take care of them outside of the system if that’s what’s called for,” Wilkie said.He also says it’s important to focus on these efforts before more veterans come to the state.Related Article: Hundreds volunteer for Surf City clean up“By 2020, one in nine North Carolinians will be a veteran. So the more robust these facilities are the better they are able to take care of the massive influx of veterans who are coming to the southeast,” Wilkie said.Even though veterans had to wait sometime for their appointments, some are just glad things are progressing.“I got a call three four days before the hurricane hit telling me they were going to cancel it, and then I got a call I think last Thursday or Friday saying they had an appointment for today,” veteran Charles Cipolla said.They say it’s a time they just have to be patient.“Just give them a break, let them do what they have to do and if it takes a little longer, say thank you when they get it to you,” Cipolla said.Associate Chief of Staff Richard Trotta says the center had heavy water damage in the back of the facility and water got into air vents. He adds, they are working as fast as possible to make repairs.last_img read more

Athletes enjoy a day of sun and fun during Special Olympics Fall

first_img Athletes participated in games like soccer, volleyball, pumpkin bowling, and chicken runs at Legion Stadium.It was a day filled with sport, food, family, friends and fun.Coordinator Tiffany Lesley says it is a big day for the participants and not just for the sports.Related Article: Join WWAY for annual One-Day Blitz to help restock Salvation Army’s food pantry“Today was just a day for them,” Lesley said. “A day to get active. A day for a community and really today was just a day for them to be part with, one with the community but really just having that interaction with others.”Organizers also say the Special Olympics break down the barriers for those with special needs. Wednesday was the fall Special Olympics and athletes hit the field showing off their skill.- Advertisement – WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s that time of year. Time for the Special Olympics!last_img read more

CBS Sports Network to premiere Althea Arthur documentary

first_img That is why CBS Sports Network is airing a new documentary titled Althea & Arthur that explores the importance of the two athletes to the sports world and civil rights movement, as well as the dichotomy of why their legacies are remembered differently.Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe didn’t just change the sport of tennis. They changed the world.‘Althea and Arthur’ explores their stories and lives, which ended in dramatically different circumstances, on Monday on CBS Sports Network.— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) February 12, 2019Tony Award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad chronicles the athletes’ lives combined with interviews from Venus Williams, Billie Jean King, Katrina Adams, Johnnie Ashe and others.In addition to giving an overview of Gibson and Ashe’s impact, the documentary highlights a group of girls from One Love Tennis in Wilmington, who led the campaign to build an Althea Gibson memorial at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center.Related Article: Wilmington man charged with DWI after fatal bike crashThe one-hour documentary airs on Monday at 9 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Althea Gibson (Photo: Cape Fear Museum of History and Science) (CBS NY/CBS) — Arthur Ashe and Althea Gibson are two legends of the sport of tennis. As the first black athletes to cross the color barrier in international tennis, Ashe and Gibson helped to inspire generations of young athletes after them to get involved in the sport.However, while Ashe’s name is well known the world over for his contributions to the sport and the civil rights movement, Gibson has remained largely forgotten in the discussion of the history of black athletes integrating sports.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Parents raise awareness after losing daughter to rip current

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings LELAND, NC (WWAY) —  Nearly three months after a Raleigh couple lost their only child to a rip current, they’re traveling the state to raise awareness about safety.John and Suzi Merical say their 17-year-old daughter Paige was a strong swimmer, and they never worried about her being in the ocean. But on April 19th, they got a call that would change their lives forever.- Advertisement – “I just tell myself she’s away at school and she’ll be coming home soon, because I just can’t believe she’s gone,” Suzi Merical said.The Mericals shed tears while talking about their only child. They say when they adopted her back in 2001, it was like the stars aligned.“All I ever wanted to be was a mom, and we had put the word out that we had wanted a child, and we were obviously going to adopt a baby, because everything else had failed,” Suzi said.Related Article: Three drownings prompt improved safety measures in Emerald IsleAt seven minutes to seven on the seventh day of the seventh month, the couple was there as their seven pound miracle baby was born. They say she always wanted to help people.“She’d see like a homeless person sitting on the corner, and she’d take our leftovers over to them. That’s the kind of person she was,” John said.When the Mericals got the call on April 19 that Paige had been rescued from the ocean and taken to the hospital, they tried to stay positive. However, it soon became apparent that she would not recover.Paige passed away seven days later and her organs were donated.“This way, she lives on in other people,” John said. “There’s a woman that got her heart that we haven’t met yet. There was a gentleman who got her liver which was an incredible story and it’s a perfect match, and who was days away from death.”The Mericals now want to use their tragedy to prevent others from going through the same thing. They say after Paige’s death, they learned other countries have a different approach to rip current safety. Rather than swimming parallel to shore, they say float on your back or a flotation device if you have one, and let the rip current take you.“You hold on, and once you’re out of it, once you’re past the waves, it stops. Because that’s where the sand bar is, that’s what creates the whole issue. And then you just stay right there and start yelling and screaming and waving at people, come get me,” John said.The Mericals say Paige’s friends have been a huge support system for them, and they’re proud of their daughter for the people she chose to be around.Click here for more information about the Mericals’ effort.last_img read more

PN has not learnt anything from its losses – Muscat

first_imgWhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>center_img PLPL Prime Minister and leader of Partit Laburista (PL) Joseph Muscat said that if the Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) has not learnt the lesson following ten consecutive electoral defeats then he will prepare his party to give then the eleventh loss in the next general election.During his intervention in a political rally in Valletta, the Prime Minister said that the two PN candidates elected to be member of the European Parliament could not wait to run out of the country to continue doing what they had been doing prior to the election.Joseph Muscat also said that this historic victory is a result of the unity that reigns amongst the PL ranks were egoism has been shed off, and this is what makes the party so different.Muscat stated that he does not agree that the local councillors should be dictated what to do by the parties’ headquarters but it is important that they make good for their pledges based on PL principles as they are representing the party and not themselves.The Prime Minister also said that woken just making up 26% of the elected councillors is still not enough and he added that he will also see that people with disability gain a larger presence in the PL.Muscat stated that the PL reigning victorious in the Valletta Local Council elections should not be seen as a fluke but as a natural choice for the capital city’s electorate.Joseph Muscat said that now he will turning his focus on government issues, on what it will offer the citizens in the next budget, rental law reforms and a larger female participation in politics.last_img read more