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Autopsy Released for Homeless Man Killed by Police

first_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The autopsy from the medical examiner showed that one bullet entered his left forehead and traveled downward before exiting above his left ear, fracturing his skull and causing brain lacerations.Another bullet entered his left shoulder and broke a bone in his left arm, lodging in his shoulder. A bullet that entered his right upper back and traveled downward, breaking his right humerus bone and exiting through his right arm. One bullet entered through the right lower chest and exited the left lower chest, traveling slightly downward. Two bullets also entered his right arm.Officers had been called to the scene after reports of a man swinging a knife. Witnesses said that while Gongora Pat had a knife on his belt when killed, he was sitting down and could not understand police commands to drop the knife because he spoke little English.Within 30 seconds of arriving on the scene, partial video of the incident obtained by the Chronicle showed, Sergeant Nate Steger and Officer Michael Mellone fired less-lethal bean bag rounds at Gongora Pat. These were closely followed by seven gunshots.The autopsy also detailed Gongora Pat’s criminal history. In 2010, he was arrested in San Francisco for possessing and possibly selling marijuana. He was put on an immigration hold by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for four days in 2014 before being transferred to San Francisco for a felony assault warrant. Later in 2014, he spent four days in jail in Milpitas for an unknown reason. In 2015, he was arrested for stopping traffic by lying down in the street in San Francisco. Gongora Pat’s killing was one of a series of controversial police shootings in San Francisco that motivated protests against the then-police chief, Greg Suhr. Suhr was eventually ousted from the top spot after the killing of Jessica Williams, an unarmed black woman in the Bayview-Hunter’s Point.  Luis Gongora Pat, the homeless man who was shot and killed by San Francisco police officers in the Mission District in April, was shot six times and had drugs in his system, a city autopsy released on Thursday shows.Gongora Pat was killed April 7 on Shotwell Street between 18th and 19th streets after officers said the homeless man was brandishing a knife — an account disputed by several eyewitnesses, who said Gongora Pat had a knife but did nothing to provoke officers.The autopsy from the Medical Examiner’s Office, which was conducted on April 8, showed that Gongora Pat was shot in the head, chest, arm, and upper back. It also noted that he had methamphetamine and marijuana in his system when he was killed. The results match claims made by lawyers of Gongora Pat’s family, who held a press conference in June announcing their decision to file a wrongful death claim against the city. Lawyers for the family — who had commissioned an independent autopsy — said then that the downward trajectory of the shot to the head showed Gongora Pat was shot from above. He was either sitting or lying down when killed, they said.center_img 0%last_img read more

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SAINTS produced their must disappointing performan

first_imgSAINTS produced their must disappointing performance of the season as they were downed 24-12 at home to Hull KR.Despite having the lion’s share of possession and a lopsided penalty count in their favour, poor ball control meant they failed to build at pressure on their opponents.Three players saw yellow too – two from the visitors – but Saints couldn’t make any headway to take advantage.Saints found themselves 16-0 down within 20 minutes as Michael Dobson was imperious.Tries from Travis Burns – a controversial one – Alex Brown and Greg Eden underlined the visitor’s dominance.Nathan Brown’s side steadied the ship a little, in terms of defence anyway, but failed to ask enough questions of the Robins’ back line.In the second half Saints toiled once more until Jonny Lomax fed Francis Meli for his 11th of the season.Mickey Paea became the third player to head into the sinbin with 20 minutes to go, but Dobson sandwiched it with two penalties.He then added another to take it out to 16 points.Anthony Laffranchi added a late score but it was too little too late.Saints made one change pre match – Stuart Howarth coming in for Luke Thompson.Hull KR brought in Aaron Ollett on the bench – Sean Gleeson and Lincoln Withers missing out from the original 19 man squad – and Rhys Lovegrove pulled out just before kick-off because if illness.That saw Jordan Cox moving into the second row and Richard Beaumont named as substitute.Hull KR kicked off – and had the first chance – as Saints knocked the ball on in their set.They couldn’t find a way through the defence though as the home rearguard was too good.Gareth O’Brien then took on the line and was held up inches short on the last.But Hull KR took the lead in controversial circumstances. The referee seemed to give a ball steal on Travis Burns but then awarded the away side the try.Dobson kicked the conversion and within seconds he had engineered a fine try for Alex Brown.And it could have been 14-0 after Hull KR forced a drop out and almost scored on their repeat set.Alex Walmsley was involved in a little scuffle with Adam Walker; an altercation that saw both Paul Wellens and Travis Burns sinbinned.Saints needed cool heads but on the next set, from the resultant penalty, Dobson was once again instrumental in Greg Eden flying over.It wasn’t as if the home side hadn’t had the possession too – seven penalties heading their way in the first 30 minutes.But ball control was lacking and it was too easy for Rovers to defend.Saints went into the sheds 16-0 down and had a glimpse in the first couple of seconds when Cory Patterson was penalised for taking O’Brien out.Once again though, as it had done pretty much all the way through the first half, the ball went to ground.A high ball was defused by Greg Eden in the 49th minute but Saints finally broke their duck 60 seconds later.Jonny Lomax flew at the line and fed Francis Meli for his 11th of the year.O’Brien smashing it over from the touchline too.Mickey Paea saw yellow with 20 minutes to go for a high tackle after his side was warned for persistent foul play.But Michael Dobson’s pinpoint kicking landed two penalties either side of that indiscretion to make the gap 14 points.And he then added another on 65 minutes.Anthony Laffranchi crossed with six minutes to go – Tommy Makinson goaling – but another knock on and penalty allowed Dobson to do his stuff and seal the win.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Meli, LaffranchiGoals: O’Brien (1 from 1), Makinson (1 from 1)Hull KR: Tries: Burns, Brown, EdenGoals: Dobson (7 from 8)Penalties: Saints: 16Hull KR: 8HT: 0-16FT: 12-24REF: Robert HicksATT: 10820Teams:Saints:7. Jonny Lomax; 21. Tom Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 19. Josh Jones, 5. Francis Meli; 1. Paul Wellens, 37. Gareth O’Brien; 11. Tony Puletua, 9. James Roby, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 36. Stuart Howarth, 13. Willie Manu, 12. Jon Wilkin. Subs: 6. Lance Hohaia, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 24. Joe Greenwood, 25. Alex Walmsley.Hull KR:1. Greg Eden; 26. Alex Brown, 15. Graeme Horne, 2. Craig Hall, 5. David Hodgson; 6. Travis Burns, 7. Michael Dobson; 23. Mickey Paea, 9. Josh Hodgson, 16. Adam Walker, 20. Jordan Cox, 12. Cory Paterson, 11. Constantine Mika.Subs: 8. Evarn Tuimavave, 21. Keal Carlile, 22. Richard Beaumont, 29. Aaron Ollett.last_img read more

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SAINTS Academys season came to a disappointing en

first_imgSAINTS Academy’s season came to a disappointing end on Friday evening at the hands of the Rhinos, writes Team Manager Graham Henthorne.The game was won and lost in the first three minutes as the home side raced into a 12 point lead almost before the young Saints had touched the ball.Two 80 metre tries, one from an interception after a great tackle from Greg Richards had actually won Saints possession, put the Saints on the back foot.Two more tries in the first quarter found the Saints Academy staring into the abyss at 20 – 0 in as many minutes.A penalty and a massive 60 metre touch finder from Lewis Charnock gave the Saints their first attacking opportunity and they didn’t need asking twice. Four drives took the Saints close and on the fifth Dom Speakman jumped down the blind side finding Greg Wilde who went over in the corner.It was hoped that the try meant that the corner had been turned but more poor ball control and tackling let the Rhinos in twice more for a half time deficit of 26 points.It got worse as the second half started in similar fashion to the first with the home side increasing their lead.Many a side would have crumbled at this point but it’s a measure of the character of the side that the Saints not only didn’t, but actually took the game to the home side.A great drive form Connor Dwyer which sat his would be tackler on his backside put the Saints on the attack. Two tackles later and he was being denied a try for being held up. From the play the ball quick hands spread it left where Greg Richards weaved his way in.The tide was turning and the Saints were starting to gain the upper hand. Wilde put Dave Hewitt 40 metres through a gap down the middle. Quick hands again saw the ball moved left from Speakman and Dwyer to Jack Ashworth who took it around to the sticks.The comeback was well and truly on but two defensive lapses let the Rhinos stretch the lead to 26 again with only 13 minutes to play.The determination not to go down without a fight was shown by Charnock who, despite never having a chance of catching the Rhinos winger chased him every bit of the 50 metres he ran for the try.He then instilled that into the Saints for the final few minutes.Olly Davies took the short kick off and won a penalty. From the restart Charnock ducked under a tackle to dive over. 44 – 20.From the kick off the forwards showed great vigour marching the Saints down field. On the last a Charnock grubber was pounced upon by the ever improving Joe Ryan. 44 – 26.From the kick off Lewis Galbraith went on another of his characteristic blockbusting runs 70 metres before having his pass to his support knocked down. The ball was picked up and two tackles later Dan Abram is weaving his way through for the Saints fifth try of the half. Charnock’s goal made it 44 – 32 and the once confident Rhinos were anxiously looking at their watches.Unfortunately the hill eventually proved too high to climb.Charnock and Speakman were tireless in the Saints cause, closely followed by Dwyer and Richards.Ultimately the Saints were beaten by the opening three minutes. Whilst not wanting to detract in any way from the 17 players who took the pitch today, if you put the injured Mark Percival, Luke Thompson, Andre Savelio and James Tilley into that team then things could have been a whole lot different and it would have been the Saints hosting them lot from over Billinge Lump next week!Match Summary:Leeds:Tries: Jacob Morgan, Ash Handley 2, Nick Rawsthorne 2, Thomas Minns, Ben White, Robbie Ward.Goals: Nick Rawsthorne 6.Saints:Tries: Dan Abram, Greg Wilde, Jack Ashworth, Lewis Charnock, Greg Richards, Joe Ryan.Goals: Lewis Charnock 4.Half Time: 4-30Full Time: 32-44Match Summary:Leeds:1. Jacob Morgan; 5. James Duckworth, 4. Thomas Minns, 14. Nick Rawsthorne, 2. Ash Handley; 6. Elliot Minichella, 7. Ben White; 8. Dan Grange, 9. Robbie Ward, 10. Jordan Baldwinson, 11. Josh Walters, 12. Alex Foster, 13. George Milton. Subs: 3. Ben Frankland, 15. Matty Blake, 16. Mason Tonks, 17. Jack Cockerham.Saints:18. Dan Abram; 5. Ben Parry, 3. Greg Wilde, 4. Jack Ashworth, 2. Lewis Galbraith; 6. Lewis Charnock, 7. Dave Hewitt; 8. Greg Richards, 9. Dom Speakman, 15. Adam Hesketh, 11. Olly Davies, 12. Alex Clare, 13. Connor Dwyer. Subs: 10. Chris Webster, 14. Tom Roughley, 17. Joe Ryan, 20. Tom Calland.last_img read more

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KEIRON Cunningham previews tonights clash with Ca

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham previews tonight’s clash with Castleford in the latest edition of the Saints In Touch podcast.He talks about recent events at Langtree Park and why he hasn’t given up hope of climbing up the table.Podcasts are automatically synced to your device if you subscribe via iTunes or you can listen at our Fanzone page.last_img

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Club First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgNaiqama is in red hot form having scored four tries against Hull FC, a hat-trick against Hull KR and a try in what proved to be the winner in yesterday’s 22-16 win over Huddersfield Giants in the Coral Challenge Cup Sixth Round.And the centre had his first experience of the Coral Challenge Cup in the win over the Giants and admits he really enjoyed the knockout rugby.“The Challenge Cup is a bit different with the preparation. There is a different feel about it and we have been playing for 14 rounds in Super League but today there was a different feel about it. It’s a knockout round and it was exciting. Huddersfield came out to play and it was my first experience in this concept of the cup and I really enjoyed it.“We have been scoring a lot of points and that was becoming infectious. If we poked our nose through we thought we were going to score a try but today it was good to show some patience and continue to build our sets. It was definitely a learning curve for us in the last two weeks and we recognise that, work hard and get better.”Commenting on his current form, Naiqama paid credit to the work of the forwards whose hard work has resulted in the Saints backs profiting and the Fiji international admits there is still more for Saints to ‘grow’ and improve.“It is a team effort. From one to 17 the boys have been really good and especially today we needed everyone on side and Huddersfield played until the final whistle and for us outside backs our form comes on the back of our forwards and they have been setting a real good platform for us and we are getting a lot of joy on the edges with Cootie, Theo and Jonny running our plays.“For me and T Mak [Tommy Makinson] it has been good and at the same time I feel we are still building as a team and I feel like there is still so much for us to grow and that is the exciting thing for us.”Saints took over 1,500 fans to the John Smith’s Stadium for a Sunday tea-time kick off and Naiqama paid credit to the travelling contingent.“They were awesome. Every time we did something good, their energy was infectious and we all feed off that. Our St.Helens fans have been awesome all year and it is one of the strengths of the club and it is so great to have that support. Every away game feels like a home game and it is a bonus for us and hopefully we can see them at more away games leading into the rest of the season.”St.Helens will play Wakefield Trinity in the Coral Challenge Cup Quarter Final at the Totally Wicked Stadium after defeating Huddersfield in the Sixth Round.last_img read more

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Test samples show another spike in GenX levels at Chemours

first_img The data shows that, on December 11, 2017, levels of GenX were measured at 2,300 parts per trillion, which is significantly above the health goal of 140 ppt set by the Department of Health and Human Services.On December 21, levels were measured at 740 ppt.In November, NCDEQ required Chemours to stop discharging wastewater containing GenX into the Cape Fear River. However, a number of spills have been detected through consistent sampling by NCDEQ, EPA, CFPUA, and UNCW.Related Article: Murder suspect sues jail, claims GenX in water makes him sickCFPUA is currently operating a pilot test to investigate the potential to remove compounds such as GenX from the water.“These recent results suggest we cannot rely on Chemours to control discharges from its site,” reads an email sent from CFPUA spokeswoman Peg Hall Williams. “Sweeney Water Treatment Plant is currently unable to filter the compounds from the drinking water—underscoring the importance of strictly regulatory action and discharge control at the state level.”The CFPUA says it will continue its weekly sampling of the finished water at Sweeney Water Treatment Plant and will make those results available to the public as they come in. Aerial view of Chemours plant (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Test samples showed GenX levels at more than 16 times the established health goal in December, according to the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority.This afternoon, CFPUA says it received an email from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality containing data from recent samples for GenX from Chemours Outfall 002.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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White sharks ping off the Carolina coast

first_img According to OCEARCH, 5-foot 101-pound juvenile white shark Bruin pinged off the coast of Wilmington on Monday, after a month of silence.After a month of silence, 5-foot 101-pound juvenile white shark Bruin has pinged in off the coast of Wilmington, North Carolina! @BruinTheShark @CityofWilm pic.twitter.com/pcGnWswrQ8— OCEARCH (@OCEARCH) April 2, 2018Another white shark, 9-foot, 702-pound George has also been hanging out off North Carolina’s coast.6ft+ mako shark Yinzer moves in closer to the continental shelf off of North Carolina, is he joining white sharks George and Bruin? @GWSharkGeorge @BruinTheShark pic.twitter.com/rYOubyxp0n— OCEARCH (@OCEARCH) April 4, 2018Related Article: A look into the mouth and myths of ‘The Meg’On Wednesday, a Mako Shark named Yinzer also moved in closer to the continental shelf.You can check out the shark tracker here. George, 9′ 10″ White Shark (Photo: OCEARCH) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — They’re coming back!A few white sharks have recently been spotted off the coast of North Carolina.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Parents Topsail Baseball coach asked not to return to team

first_imgTopsail Baseball HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — Parents of the Topsail Baseball team are still looking for answers as an investigation into the school’s administration continues in Hampstead.Parents spoke once again to the Pender County School Board asking for an update on the status of an investigation into the handling of an ineligible player on the Topsail Baseball team but the board did not provide an update.- Advertisement – Since the parents spoke, Barry West resigned as Athletic Director of the school.WWAY did learn Tuesday from parents in attendance that Coach Aaron Rimer has been asked to not return to the team when school starts later this year.Last week, Pender County Schools told us the investigation is ongoing and in its final stages and they will release information when all steps have been completed.last_img read more

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Masonboro Island sees thousands of partiers and loads of trash

first_img This has led volunteer group Masonboro.org to form a tradition of its own. Volunteers set up a tent on the island each 4th of July, and go around cleaning up trash left behind by partiers.Masonboro.org president Tom Hackler says their mission is to preserve the island for future generations.“This got started nine years ago when there was a big party over here and a lot of trash was left behind. A couple of us realized this could potentially impact our ability to come over to this island, so we cleaned up that year, and we’ve done it every year since,” said Hackler.Related Article: NBHS band reaches fundraising goal, heads to DC for 4thHackler says people are pretty good about throwing away their trash early in the day, but as the day goes on, things start to get left behind.“They’re young, and we can all relate to being young, and trash might be the last thing on their minds at the end of the day. They’re taking their possessions. They’re trying to collect their phones, their wallets, maybe their coolers, their beach chairs. And they may just decide to leave their trash behind unfortunately,” said Hackler.Hackler says they typically remove around 5,000 pounds of trash at the end of the day, thanks to a dumpster donated by Waste Management. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Thousands of people gathered on Masonboro Island today for a 4th of July celebration that’s become a Cape Fear tradition.Every year the uninhabited island is home to some of the area’s most raucous celebrations and plenty of leftover trash.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Dan McCready withdraws concession in House race amid fraud allegations

first_img(CNN) — Democrat Dan McCready is withdrawing his concession in a North Carolina congressional race where investigators are probing allegations of election fraud.McCready got 905 fewer votes than Republican Mark Harris in the 9th District race. But the state elections board has refused to certify the results as it investigates potential misconduct with absentee ballots, making it the last undecided House contest in the country. The board could ultimately order another election.- Advertisement – McCready had previously conceded the race to Harris, but withdrew that concession Thursday.“I didn’t serve overseas in the Marines to come home to NC and watch a criminal, bankrolled by my opponent, take away people’s very right to vote,” McCready tweeted. “Today I withdraw my concession and call on Mark Harris to end his silence and tell us exactly what he knew, and when.”I didn’t serve overseas in the Marines to come home to NC and watch a criminal, bankrolled by my opponent, take away people’s very right to vote. Today I withdraw my concession and call on Mark Harris to end his silence and tell us exactly what he knew, and when. pic.twitter.com/2hcT00DVhQ— Dan McCready for NC (@McCreadyForNC) December 6, 2018His reversal comes as the state elections board, as well as local and state prosecutors, investigate whether Leslie McCrae Dowless, a veteran operative in Bladen County who was hired by a consulting firm the Harris campaign paid $400,000, altered absentee ballots or collected them from voters but never turned them in.Related Article: Florida man charged in bomb-package scare has NC tiesDowless earned more than $23,000 working on six campaigns dating back to 2010, and in most of those races, Dowless’ candidates received a disproportionately higher percentage of absentee votes in Bladen County.Dowless has not returned CNN’s requests for comment. He has denied any wrongdoing to The Charlotte Observer.Earlier Thursday, North Carolina Republican Party executive director Dallas Woodhouse told CNN he would support a new election if the elections board proves allegations of fraud are true and impacted the outcome of the race.“We are not ready to call for a new election yet,” Woodhouse said. “I think we have to let the board of elections come show their hand if they can show that this conceivably could have flipped the race in that neighborhood, we will absolutely support a new election.”last_img read more

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