Month: July 2019

After an 8 Hour StandOff at a Valencia Street Hotel Police Arrest

first_imgOne officer, armed with a rifle, positioned himself on a roof opposite the hotel.The hotel was one of three hotels that recently became part of the city’s stock for formerly homeless residents. Its 55 rooms became available in October and are managed by the Tenderloin Housing Clinic. Its supportive housing units include on-site supportive services, but it is unclear if any supportive services were in the building at the time of the incident.The Crown Hotel on Valencia StreetLimón, a popular Peruvian restaurant, is on the ground floor of building.At 3:35, Valencia was still blocked off between 16th and 17th Streets and helicopters circled overhead.Customers remained inside of Muddy Waters and Taqueria La Cumbre.James Abel, a resident of a hotel across the street, said that officers came up and asked if they could use his room as a vantage point because it was across from the building where the woman had locked herself inside. If you want to be in the know, keep good reporting coming and become a Mission Local member today. Officers at the scene. Photo by Lola M. ChavezSFPD bring in a special armored vehicle. Photo by Lola M. ChavezMarking perimeters. Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Laura WenusPolice hold a shield behind a person being evacuated from Valencia Street. Photo by Chris JewettPhoto by Chris JewettPhoto by Chris Jewett 0% Tags: homeless • SROs • valencia street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Another resident, Stephanie Furber, was upset. “I can’t get back into my room because of this buffoonery,” she said. Police arrived at the scene on Valencia with arms and shields and worked first to empty the hotel.  The tenants, many of them formerly homeless, were guided out by the police. One frail looking woman was carried out in a chair; another pushed pushed a walker in front them while an officer followed, holding up a shield.Rebecca Pierce and Amirah Mizrahi, who were eating at the Thanh Tam II restaurant at 577 Valencia St. said they were first told by police that the block was on lockdown and that they should shelter in place.  Some 20 minutes later, two officers said they were in the line of fire and should evacuate the restaurant. Pierce said it was chaotic and scary.“My biggest fear is that they had killed someone,” Mizrahi said of the experience, referring to police officers. 10 p.m.  Police confirmed that at 9:05 p.m. the stand off at the Crown Hotel “ended up very well.”The officer said that at 9:05 p.m. the suspect walked out into the hallway and was taken into custody and quickly taken by ambulance to the hospital for evaluation.  A check of the room by officers and a bomb squad turned up one gun.Residents in the area were expected to be able to return within the hour and only the floor where the suspect had been barricaded might be off limits overnight. Earlier, other residents of the Crown Hotel described the woman as “quiet.” Several expressed concern for her safety.“I hope that nobody hurts her,” said Joanne Brewster, a 13-year resident of the hotel. “It’s a very stressful situation in there,” she added, referring to life in the SRO. Mental illness is widespread among the tenants there, she said.These days, Brewster said, many of them are veterans. At least one resident referred to the barricaded woman as a veteran as well.“I had a funny feeling sooner or later something is going to happen,” Brewster said.For the most part, resident Lee Robinson said, it’s “clean and quiet” at the Crown Hotel.“Until this happened,” another resident, a former marine, chimed in. “They kept banging on my door, like, ‘somebody’s got a gun!’ ‘I’m like, I don’t care!’” he said.Still, he eventually left, and even late into the evening waited on the corner of 18th Street and Valencia with other residents awaiting news from down the street.9:09 p.m.  An officer at the scene said police have taken into custody a woman who barricaded herself inside the Crown Hotel earlier this afternoon. This could not be confirmed from the police spokesperson, but police were leaving the area and the atmosphere was decidedly more relaxed.Some officers were putting away equipment and some police vehicles were leaving the scene.8:15 p.m. A  spokesperson said police have now communicated with the armed person who has been barricaded inside the Crown Hotel since 2 p.m.  Neighbors have identified the resident as a woman, but police have yet to confirm that.Police say the person started responding to officers verbally around 6:30 p.m. and has come out of the apartment and talked to officers in the hallway at least once.Since then, said Sergeant Michael Andraychak, the police spokesperson, there has been “on again, off again” communication.Residents of the building where the incident is unfolding have been evacuated, as have most of the occupants of buildings along Valencia between 16th and 17th streets. Andraychak said people may be moved to an overnight shelter if the situation continues. Some residents in buildings along Valencia between Sycamore and 18th streets were being escorted by police back to their units.Lee Robinson, a resident of the Crown Hotel, said he knows the woman.“She is very quiet, unassuming, she don’t make trouble,” he said. “I hope they don’t kill her, she just lost it.”7:15 p.m. Police report they have made contact with an armed suspect barricaded inside a room on the second floor of the Crown Hotel. Police did not specify whether any demands have been made.Though it’s unclear what information, if any, has been exchanged between the two parties, a police spokesperson said “it’s good we’ve stablished communication.” The next step is establishing a rapport with the woman.Valencia Street is still closed to all traffic, and business is shut down. Surrounding streets and alleys are gridlocked with Friday evening traffic. Pedestrians who attempt to walk down Valencia street are being turned away, though some tenants on Valencia Street remain in their homes.6:15 p.m.  Police said they have not yet made contact with the woman who locked herself inside her room at the Crown Hotel earlier this afternoon. Because she is armed, negotiators are working from the inside of an armored rescue vehicle parked nearby. It is fitted with loudspeakers and was moved closer to the building to start a dialogue, but still no contact has been made, police said.Reporters have been pushed back and are unable to hear anything coming from the loudspeakers.It is unclear if police remain on the floor where the woman’s room is located. Earlier, one resident said they had asked to use his room, which is directly across from the woman’s room, to maneuver a battering ram in the hallway.It appears that nearly all of the businesses have been closed between 16th and 18th Streets.Marcus Mendez, who works at Therapy, said when first responders arrived on the scene the situation didn’t seem that serious. Then, employees and customers were told by police to leave “because you’re in the line of fire.”5: 20 p.m. Three residents of the Crown Hotel, at 528 Valencia St., said that an armed woman barricaded herself inside her room on the second floor of the single room occupancy hotel early this afternoon after getting upset with a pest control worker. Police said a suspect pulled a gun on the man, who then called police.The incident occurred at around 2:30 p.m. At 5:20 p.m., police had still not been able to contact the woman out of her room at the five-story hotel. Valencia Street is blocked off from nearly 18th Street to nearly 15th Street.“Our top priority is to bring this to a peaceful resolution, and we are no in a hurry,” said Sgt. Michael Andraychak, the police spokesperson at the scene. A hostage crisis team was on the scene, he said.Police have not confirmed that the person is a woman, but three residents of the hotel confirmed the gender of the resident.Earlier today, Terry Bjerkenlund, who lives across the hall from the woman, said that police asked him to leave his door open. They wanted to set up a battering ram to open her door, he said as he stood on the street, still in stocking feet.While Bjerkenlund was still in the hotel, he said, the owner of the hotel talked to the woman from the stairwell. Although this could not be confirmed, Bjerkenlund also said the woman was a veteran and referred to her as having “Marine training.”last_img read more

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Neighborhood notes artists talking and more

first_img 0% Anthony Holdsworth and Nathan Tan who have exhibits at Luna Rienne gallery at 3318 22nd St. will talk about their work painting the Mission on Saturday  5-7 p.m.   Both shows runs until August 7.  FS Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% For everything that is happening in the Mission, check out our calendar, the most complete around. center_img The GLBT Historical Society, a San Francisco based public history center focused on the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and the communities that support them, has initiated a new oral history project. Historian Joey Plaster from Yale University will be collecting the history of ACT UP/San Francisco and other AIDS direct-action groups that operated in San Francisco from the middle of the 1980s to the mid-1990s. Researchers hope that the research and findings will foster communication between veteran AIDS activists and the younger generation of activists and will lead to more informed contemporary activism.The project will be ongoing throughout 2019 and will lead to an exhibition in the GLBT History Museum located in the Castro District. CE     Caras de La Misión by Samuel RodríguezOn Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. South Bay artist and graphic designer Samuel Rodríguez will discuss his exhibition, Typefaces: Caras de La Misión. The series of portraits pays homage to “the unique character of the Mission District while establishing a creative dialog between Latino communities in San Francisco.”  Juan R. Fuentes Gallery, 2958 24th St. LClast_img read more

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Joe Benson elected as mayor of Carolina Beach council still undecided

first_imgCAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — It seems like every two years there’s a battle in Carolina Beach for council and mayor. This year was no exception.The six candidate race for two open council seats incumbent Leeann Pierce is the top vote-getter. In second place is JoDan Garza, but he is just 10 votes ahead of incumbent Gary Doetsch so we will have to see how that goes after the canvass.- Advertisement – Dozens of people waited patiently in front of the Carolina Beach Recreation Center as results were posted on the door Tuesday evening.Many people were shocked by the results for mayor as challenger Joe Benson beat Dan Wilcox. Benson told WWAY reporter Basil John said he was surprised.“Slightly in shock,” mayor-elect Benson said. “This is not exactly what I expected. I worked hard. I had hoped I would but you know, it’s a very pleasant surprise tonight.”Related Article: Republicans, Democrats disagree on election fraud investigation in Bladen CountyWilcox was mayor for two terms and says it was a tough loss but is happy for Benson.“Nobody likes to lose but I’ve had a good run. I’m happy with what I’ve accomplished here,” Wilcox said.last_img read more

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Wilmington Brigade Boys Girls club gets a fresh coat

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Springtime is a perfect time to spruce up around the house or in this case around the Brigade Boys & Girls Club.As a part of Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week, volunteers with the company came out to help brighten some walls inside the community center.- Advertisement – The volunteers brought a lot of color with them. Many of the walls were beige, so a lot of fun colors were added around the building.One of the volunteers, Jordan Terry, said she can’t wait for the kids to see the new colors.“I think that they are going to be really excited. I think they are going to like the mints and greens, and pinks and purples,” Terry said.Related Article: Man wanted in connection to Wilmington home break-inThe volunteers painted all day and their work included bathrooms, the gym and the teen center.last_img read more

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Nourish NC celebrates 10 years of fighting childhood hunger

first_img The event is happening on September 22 at 6 p.m. All proceeds will benefit NourishNC’s programs.Program Director Katelyn Mattox sat down with WWAY’s Randy Aldridge for an interview during Good Evening Wilmington about the event and more on the organization.You can watch it above.Related Article: Police searching for hit and run suspects who allegedly threatened familyTickets can be purchased here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Nourish NC is celebrating 10 years. The non-profit organization strives to fight childhood hunger.To celebrate the big milestone, the community is invited to their 10th anniversary party at the Coastline Conference and Event Center next month.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Man injured after falling off roof at Sunny Point

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man is recovering after falling off a roof while doing contract work at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point.The man worked for Baker Roofing out of Wilmington.- Advertisement – Company spokesperson Todd Kavanaugh said the man fell off a roof near the end of the workday on Thursday.Kavanaugh said it appears the man lost his balance and fell. The company’s Vice President of Risk Management was on site and determined all safety standards were upheld. Kavanaugh said warning lines, which identify the edge of the roof, were in place.The company could not give details on the man’s injuries or his identity, but said he started physical therapy Friday morning.Related Article: 4 dead after construction crane collapses in SeattleIn a written statement, Kavanaugh said, “First and foremost our primary concern is for our employee’s health and well-being.  Safety is, and always has been, our first concern on all of our project sites, and the circumstances of yesterday’s events are under investigation. We are cooperating with all appropriate regulatory authorities to shed as much light on yesterday’s accident as possible.”The contract work is part of an ongoing project at MOTSU.MOTSU could not comment.The NC Department of Labor said because of the location of the accident, it was referred to Occupational Health and Safety Administration.last_img read more

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Animal aid group says majority of supplies lost after theft

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 NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A week ago, they were readying to do one of their largest distributions of aid for the holiday.Now the Eastern NC Equine Assistance is picking up the pieces. This after they say thieves ransacked their donation center overnight.- Advertisement – “The next day we came back and everything was gone. There was maybe one or two bags on each pallet,” said group director Jennifer Witkowski. “Everything that does have a bar code is gone. Every in tact bag is gone. We lost 95% of everything we had.”The emergency assistance group says thousands of pounds of dog food, cat food, and other animal supplies were stolen. The group has operated since Florence hit providing animal feed and supplies to families all over the Cape Fear.“We thought it was going to be a three-month program but seeing the needs of the animals in Pender County, it’s going to be for a very long time at this point,” Witkowski said.Related Article: Deadline to register to vote is MondayThese donations were destined to help families over the holiday, but now it is the service group in need of help. They’ve had small thefts in the past, but nothing like this.“We’re not able to do our last distribution day and we’re really struggling to figure out how we’re going to feed the community at this point,” said Witkowski.This theft also comes as the group has to move out of their location at the old Burton Steel mill. They plan to begin a mobile distribution effort in the new year.“We’re going to be operating out of Pender County and we are in the process of looking at what the rebuild is going to look like,” Witkowski said.Witkowski says they plan to go to local law enforcement to report the thefts, however, all of the items were donated and not itemized, so she thinks there is little that can be done to recover what was lost.If you would like the help, the Eastern NC Equine Emergency Assistance is actively accepting donations of animal food as well as supplies. You can reach them online through their email EasternNCEEA@gmail.com or on social media.last_img read more

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Ecuadors president says Assange tried to use its embassy to spy

first_img <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> SharePrint FILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen in a police van after was arrested by British police outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Britain April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen in a police van after was arrested by British police outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Britain April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange repeatedly violated his asylum conditions and tried to use the Ecuadorian embassy in London as a centre for spying, Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno told Britain’s Guardian newspaper.London police dragged Assange out of the embassy on Thursday after his seven-year asylum was revoked, paving the way for his extradition to the United States for one of the biggest ever leaks of classified information.Assange’s relationship with his hosts collapsed after Ecuador accused him of leaking information about Moreno’s personal life.Moreno denied to the Guardian that he had acted as a reprisal for the way in which documents about his family had been leaked. He said he regretted that Assange had used the embassy to interfere in other country’s democracies.“Any attempt to destabilise is a reprehensible act for Ecuador, because we are a sovereign nation and respectful of the politics of each country,” Moreno told the Guardian by email.“We cannot allow our house, the house that opened its doors, to become a centre for spying,” the Guardian quoted Moreno as saying.Supporters of Assange said Ecuador had betrayed him at the behest of Washington, that the ending of his asylum was illegal and that it marked a dark moment for press freedom.WhatsApplast_img read more

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Francis Żammit Dimech inaugurates restored painting

first_img <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> Francis Zammit DimechFrancis Zammit Dimech Partit Nazzjonalista MEP candidate Francis Żammit Dimech inaugurated the newly restored painting depicting Saint Mark the Evangelist during a ceremony held in the Old Church (Lapsi) in St. Julian’s.In a press release, it was referred that during the ceremony, Żammit Dimech said that cultural heritage is an integral part of our Maltese identity. He also said that he is honoured that he was able to contribute towards the restoration of this masterpiece.Żammit Dimech who serves in the Committee on Culture within the European Parliament said that Malta can boast of a wide-ranging cultural heritage that has been passed on from one generation to another and that it was the duty of every Maltese citizen to safeguard this heritage for the enjoyment of present and future generations.The restored painting was unveiled by Żammit Dimech and Chaplain Fr Claude Portelli. Żammit Dimech praised Atelier del RESTAURO for their excellent work. The ceremony included a concert by the University of Malta Junior College Ensemble under the baton of Maestro Manoel Pirotta.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

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