UPDATED Shooting on 19th St claims life of father celebrating his birthday

first_imgA shooting on 19th Street claimed the life of a 44-year-old man early Friday morning. At 12:48 a.m., police responded to reports of a shooting on 19th Street between Mission and Capp streets and found the man on the sidewalk in front of a barbershop on 19th Street between Mission and Capp streets.The victim has been identified as Jorge Martinez, a resident of San Bruno. Martinez was found outside of San Francisco Haircuts at 3364 19th Street, according to an employee of Royal Cuckoo Market next door. Martinez was then transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police are investigating the incident as a homicide and no suspect descriptions are yet available.Kron4 reports that Martinez had attended a Warriors game on the evening of his death and afterwards went to Beauty Bar at 2299 Mission St. to celebrate his 44th birthday. He was accompanied by his son, Jesse, and his son’s girlfriend, Jazmyn Solares – Martinez’ family did not return requests for comment by press time.Jesse told Kron4 that his father had stepped out for air at some point during the evening and failed to return to the bar. When the couple exited the bar to look for him, they saw an ambulance pass by them and, unable to find Martinez, contacted the police. Sfpd Homicide detectives on scene at 19th and Mission investigating shooting pic.twitter.com/nXRw8U99H2— BayNewsHunter (@baynewshunter) March 17, 2017 0% Tags: crimes • Homicide • shootings Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img The couple then drove to San Francisco General Hospital in an effort to locate Martinez, where they were notified of his death. Martinez’ family said that he had been shot in the back several times and described the incident as random.“It definitely looked like he was walking away,” said Solares about the moments leading up to Martinez’ death.On Friday, an employee from All Seasons Market across the intersection from the incident told Mission Local that he was busy with customers hours earlier when he heard what he thinks were two shots. He ran outside, but couldn’t see anything. Officers then responded to the scene and cordoned off the area.A news stringer in the area captured the scene of the investigation: Martinez’ family members have launched a GoFundMe campaign to help them cover the funeral expenses. There, they described Martinez as a loving family man who was a father figure not just to his own son, but also to nieces and nephews as well.“George was the glue to our family, our rock,” Martinez’ family wrote on the campaign page. “Whether it was his hilarious jokes or his sincere and genuine love for family, there was so much about him that made him so easy to love.”Following the New Years Day shooting that claimed the life of Ernesto Rosales at 26th and Shotwell streets, Martinez’ death marks the Mission’s second homicide of the year, and San Francisco’s 10th.Crime is trauma and the county offers different services, which can be found here. Victims of violent crime can also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF.last_img read more

What happens when you throw away ecigarettes

first_imgWhen Jeremiah Mock collected an entire ziplock bag of discarded JUUL pods from a Marin County high school’s parking lot, he considered an overlooked problem from increasingly popular e-cigarettes.How do people throw them away?“Like a cell phone or like a cigarette butt?” asked Yogi Hendlin, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California San Francisco’s Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education.Hendlin and Mock, an affiliated faculty member at the UCSF Institute for Health and Aging, are conducting a pilot study to figure that out. So far, the answer seems to be “cigarette butts,” but this is worrisome. Discarded e-cigarettes contain toxic chemicals that can leach into water and are combustible if not handled carefully. But despite growing evidence of their danger, neither the companies producing the vapor pens, nor agencies responsible for waste management are coming up with a good way to deal with the source of trash. Cigarette butts themselves are an enormous environmental problem. In the U.S., they make up an estimated 30 percent of the total number of littered items in waterways, shorelines, and on land. The butts are made of plastic fibers that do not biodegrade, and they contain toxic chemicals such as arsenic, nicotine, and heavy metals that can leach into water, kill small animals like plankton and water fleas, and be mistaken for food by larger ones.But when people toss spent e-cigarettes on the ground, they pose another set of environmental dangers.E-cigarettes, handheld electronic devices that heat up liquid nicotine to form a smoke-free, tar-free vapor, are made up of five parts: a mouthpiece, a cartridge or “pod” that holds the liquid, a vaporizing chamber, a microprocessor, and a lithium-ion battery.If damaged or exposed to extreme heat, the lithium-ion batteries in e-cigarettes can explode. The batteries have triggered several fires in garbage trucks and processing facilities across the Bay Area in the past few years, including two in Oakland last year, several in San Francisco, and one particularly large one at Rethink Waste, a garbage facility in San Carlos, in 2016. The company is still working to repair the damage to their electrical systems.Brad Drda, Regional Environmental Manager at Recology, the garbage collection service in San Francisco, says lithium-ion batteries pose the biggest risk in waste facilities, where they can be crushed and damaged by large tractors and machinery.According to California law, lithium-ion batteries, like those in e-cigarettes, contain material classified as household hazardous waste and cannot be thrown in the garbage.But companies that accept used electronics like cellphones and computers won’t take e-cigarettes, because their small size makes them disadvantageous for recycling.Meanwhile, the microprocessors in e-cigarettes are made with several harmful chemicals, including lead and mercury, which can potentially leach into water and soil, becoming toxic to humans and wildlife.But again, drop-off hazardous waste facilities won’t accept e-cigarette waste because they have to be taken apart to remove the batteries for recycling. According to several YouTube tutorials, that’s a multi-step process involving a screwdriver and one’s mouth.Despite these known hazards, there are no clear guidelines or regulations governing disposal of e-cigarettes and nicotine pods in California. E-cigarette makers do not offer instructions. One popular disposable e-cigarette brand, Blu, contains a lithium ion battery yet advises consumers on its website that they can be thrown in the garbage.The state has yet to help either.The California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the government agency that decides what is considered toxic or hazardous and enforces the proper handling of such materials, said in an email that they are not currently testing e-cigarettes and could not answer questions about them.“This is an example of a kind of product that just showed up, and obviously not a whole lot of thought was given to its end-of-life,” said Drda.In an effort to determine the scale of the e-cigarette litter problem, Hendlin and Mock are collecting tobacco waste from twelve high schools across Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties. They are not yet sharing the names of the schools, Mock said.Prior studies have shown toxicity varies across brands.A 2015 University of Florida study tested the toxicity of 15 different types of e-cigarettes. The e-cigarettes, consumed of their nicotine, were ground up into tiny particles, put in an environment that simulated a landfill, and analyzed to determine how much of the hazardous material “leached out” of the waste. The study found that some spent e-cigarettes have the potential to be constituted as hazardous waste under U.S. law, though the majority tested did not.There’s another wrinkle to the e-cigarette disposal problem: some e-cigarettes are disposable; others are re-chargeable. Disposable e-cigarettes, made for one-time use, create more waste than their rechargeable counterparts.Among Bay Area teens, at least, rechargeable JUULs seem to be by far the most popular brand, according to Mock and Hendlin.JUUL does not offer a recycling program for the disposable plastic cartridges that hold the nicotine, called pods, but users have found their own way to recycle them. Some people refill their own used pods; others buy used pods and refill them with off-brand e-juice.“It is the fiscally responsible thing to do,” said someone on a Reddit forum where people sell empty used pods in bulk.But Hendlin said refilling pods with e-juices that contain varying percentages of nicotine is a risky proposition for teens to be undertaking “with this very dangerous stuff.”Nicotine spilled on the skin can cause nausea, cardiac problems, seizures and, in severe cases, overdose.And less than a tablespoon, if swallowed, can kill an adult. 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Potential Potrero bus yard development could include 900 units of housing

first_imgA potential housing development above the Potrero bus yard at 17th and Bryant could — and that is a big could — support 800 to 900 units of housing, according to San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency officials. That, to put it mildly, is a lot of housing. And it would appear that 33 percent of that housing, per city laws, needs to be affordable. “This is not necessarily where the project will end up, but 800 units — 850, 900 units — that’s kinda what the site can accommodate,” said Rafe Rabalais, SFMTA long-range asset development manager, during a working group meeting for the project at the bus yard Wednesday evening. Rabalais, who directs MTA’s transit-oriented development initiatives, said the high unit count is possible because the yard spans two full city blocks, or 4.4 acres. He emphasized his estimates were “broad brush strokes.” Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter The SFMTA is proposing what no American city has attempted — ever, at least according to the transit agency. They want to pair with a private developer to build a housing development above a new and improved municipal bus yard that would store and service around 200 buses. So far, however, no developers have been identified.The reason for the joint venture idea? Money.The bus yard, built in 1915, is not adequately servicing the current bus fleet and is seismically unsafe. According to the MTA: “In many of the maintenance bays, the ceiling is too low to do roof repairs indoors or lift buses to repair them from below, slowing down work and making harder to keep buses in service.” Those slowdowns, the MTA concluded, mean “longer waits and more crowding for riders.”Oh, and in the event of an earthquake, the building could collapse. So changes need to happen. Money is needed. According to initial estimates, it will take upwards of $400 million to upgrade the bus yard. And the MTA won’t be able to fund the upgrade even if voters approve a potential bond measure in 2022, which MTA officials hope will generate $200 to 250 million, said Licinia Iberri, SFMTA campus planning manager.Photo by bhautik joshi So, MTA is proposing a “joint development venture” in which the MTA would work with a private-sector developer who would build housing and help pay for the $400 million upgrade.  A private sector developer, in theory, could help with the upgrade and still turn a profit because of the sheer scale of housing development. The latter would generate tens of millions of dollars, the officials estimated.“This is a great way to provide something of value — community benefits, housing, affordable housing, community meeting space,” Rabalais said. But, he said, the main reason is for the MTA to help finance its modernization project. The main factor that will determine whether a housing project can offset the bus yard project’s costs is the number of market rate units. A higher percentage of affordable units, he said, could reduce the amount of revenue MTA could generate from the project. In other words, too much affordable housing could defeat the purpose. Still, if the project were to include 800 units of housing — 264 of those, at minimum, would be affordable. The largest fully affordable project in the Mission will include 157 units at 1950 Mission. To raise the affordable housing percentage, the MTA would have to identify more public funding sources. The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development could commit to providing affordable housing subsidies. At present, it has not. The absolute highest the building could go, he said, is 150 feet. The bus facility would be three “bus stories,” totaling roughly 70 feet, with an additional seven or eight stories of housing on top of that. “Just to emphasize — this is not the project or project description … ,” Rabalais said. Rather, it’s a question of, “’could the concept work?’ And the answer is, ‘well, with the right parameters — yes.’” The project’s plans are so preliminary that MTA is not entirely certain “joint development” will even pencil. Regardless, the agency’s rough timeline for the project sees construction beginning in 2023 and finishing in 2026. Bradley Dunn, who’s running communications for the project, remarked on the complexity of the endeavor of building a facility that houses people and services massive vehicles — architecturally and legally. He exclaimed: “There’s a reason it’s never been done.” last_img read more

IN a thrilling encounter at Millom Lancashire u17s

first_imgIN a thrilling encounter at Millom Lancashire u17s, with no fewer than nine St. Helens lads in their ranks, emerged victorious in an epic encounter with Cumbria 20-18.Emotions were running high because Kieran Johnson, son of Lancashire Chairman Phil Johnson, had recently died in tragic circumstances and his funeral was only two days before this deciding game.As a mark of respect both sides wore black armbands of gaffer tape.Thanks to try scorers Nicky Radcliffe (Leigh Miners), Andy Riley (St. Judes), Jack Jones and Jordy Houghton (both Thatto Heath Crusaders) with Jones also adding a conversion, Lancashire clawed their way back from 18-4 down at half time to draw level at 18-18.Lancs were then awarded a penalty in the dying seconds, which was successfully dispatched towards goal by Jack Jones.But in an amazing and ironic twist of fate, Jack kicked from what was left of the roll of Kieran’s black gaffer tape as the tee had gone missing.Thatto Heath Crusaders Jamie Tracy (didn’t play in the final due to being injured the day before), Adam Hesketh, Tom Rigby, Rob Gormley, Jack Jones, Leon Tatlock together with Pilkington Recs Danny Morris, Mike Gibson and Matty Foreman are pictured with the rest of the Lancashire team and their coaches Kev Johnson (Leith East) and Dave Yates (Thatto Heath Crusaders).last_img read more

Saints are eight from ten in their recent meetings

first_imgSaints are eight from ten in their recent meetings against the Red Devils, but those two defeats have come on the road in the last two seasons.Last Ten Meetings:St Helens 25, Salford 24 (SLR19, 23/6/17) Salford 22, St Helens 14 (SLR7, 30/3/17) St Helens 34, Salford 20 (SLR14, 13/5/16) Salford 44, St Helens 10 (SLR2, 11/2/16) St Helens 32, Salford 12 (SLR17, 5/6/15) Salford 6, St Helens 52 (SLR2, 12/2/15) St Helens 32, Salford 12 (SLR15, 30/5/14) Salford 0, St Helens 38 (SLR3, 27/2/14) Salford 10, St Helens 52 (SLR19, 21/6/13) St Helens 14, Salford 10 (SLR8, 22/3/13)Super League Summary:Salford won 6 St Helens won 35Highs and Lows:Salford highest score: 44-10 (H, 2016) (also widest margin) St Helens highest score: 66-16 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 58-4, A, 2000)Player Stat:Jonny Lomax has scored a try in each of the Saints’ last three meetings against Salford.Tommy Makinson has 44 points against Salford – the highest of the current squad.The 19-man squads are here.Head to Head: Milestones:Mark Percival needs one appearance to reach 100 for St Helens. He made his Saints debut in a 20-12 home defeat against Leeds on 1 March, 2013.Tommy Makinson needs one try to reach a career century of touchdowns. He has scored 96 times for St Helens since 2011, to go with 3 dual-registration scores for Rochdale (2013). He also made one non-scoring appearance for Whitehaven in the same season.Jonny Lomax needs eight points to reach 500 for St Helens. His total of 492 has been reached with 71 tries, 103 goals and 2 field goals in 157 games for the Saints since 2009.James Roby needs three tries to reach 100 for St Helens. He has touched down 97 times in 397 games for the Saints since 2004.Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:(League games & Super 8s only)Tries: 1 Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers) 38 2 Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 21 3 = Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity) 19 6 = Albert Kelly (Hull FC), Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) 18 8 = Matt Parcell (Leeds Rhinos), Mason Caton-Brown (Wakefield Trinity) 17 10 Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves) 16Goals: 1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 129 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 95 3 = Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 90 Mark Percival (St Helens) 90 5 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 69 6 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 59 7 Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 48 8 Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils) 46 9 = Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils), Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 45Goals Percentage: 1 Tony Gigot (Catalans Dragons) 90.00 (9/10) 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 88.78 (95/107) 3 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 86.95 (20/23) 4 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 85.18 (69/81) 5 Martyn Ridyard (Huddersfield Giants/Leigh Centurions) 84.84 (28/33) 6 Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 82.97 (39/47) 7 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 82.16 (129/157) 8 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 81.81 (90/110) 9 = Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 80.00 (48/60), Tom Makinson (St Helens) 80.00 (8/10)Points: 1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 317 2 Mark Percival (St Helens) 240 3 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 221 4 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 184 5 Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers) 152 6 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 150 7 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 137 8 George Williams (Wigan Warriors) 131 9 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 124 10 Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 122League Table:POSTeamPWLDPFPADIFFPTS1Castleford Tigers292540949488461502Leeds Rhinos2919100713611102383Hull FC291612166663927334Saints2915131633514119315Wigan Warriors291412369163655316Wakefield Trinity291514071364765307Salford Red Devils2914150676698-22288Huddersfield Giants2911153651644725Ticket Details:Tickets are now on sale from the AJ Bell Stadium only. They are priced at £20 for adults, £15 for seniors and students and £10 for under 17s.last_img read more

With uncertain track North Carolina stresses Irma preparation

first_img Sprayberry says his office is juggling a hurricane that could directly strike the coast or could come inland well south and bring heavy rain and wind to the mountains.Sprayberry recommending that smartphone users download the Ready NC app, which will include suggestions on building an emergency kit, evacuation routes and shelter locations and other emergency information.(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry says while it’s too early to know exactly how Hurricane Irma might affect his state, it is never too early to prepare.Sprayberry said he planned to spend Wednesday on several conference calls with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to plan any response to the hurricane and to neighboring coastal states to synchronize any possible evacuations.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Jose stays off our coast will bring large waves and higher rip

first_img The high risk of rip currents is likely for both Saturday and Sunday.Carolina Beach lifeguards stopped their patrols after Labor Day weekend.Ocean rescue followed up after the holiday with a warning for beachgoers to remain cautious when they are in the water and on the beach.Related Article: 9,000 gallons of oily mixture recovered after kerosene spill in Carolina BeachI spoke to a resident who knows how dangerous the ocean can be.“I really believe in staying out of the water when there’s rip currents,” Liz Hodgkins, Carolina Beach resident, said. “I have been knee deep in water before and really been afraid at the way the currents are, so if there’s a warning out then I like to stay out of the water.”Lifeguard won’t be back in the stands until Memorial Day.Officials say they don’t have warning flags on the beach but recommend to never swim alone and monitor the weather and any warnings that pertain to water safety. CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Jose will be impacting beaches along southeastern North Carolina over the weekend into early next week.While waves are small now, beaches are going to be see bigger waves, 6-8 feet, and elevated rip current risks.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Hitandrun streamed live Suspect arrested charged with attempted murder

first_img The hit-and-run happened on Willard Street a little after 1 p.m. Monday. Police say a Facebook live video shows Ellison hitting a woman with her car. The victim, Tameka Cooper, has a minor leg injury.Ellison being held in the New Hanover County jail under a $1,005,000 bond. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington woman accused of intentionally running over another woman, an act caught on camera, is now behind bars.19-year-old Shadasia Ellison was arrested Wednesday. She’s charged with attempted first degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run, child abuse, among other charges.- Advertisement – last_img

New Hanover Co man sentenced for nearly 4 years for overdose death

first_img On November 1, 2016 Foster and Daniel Masciotti purchased ten bags of heroin. They picked up Alexandra Hammitt, Masciotti’s girlfriend, and drove to Foster’s home in New Hanover County.Hammitt asked Masciotti to inject her with two bags of heroin. Masciotti injected himself with four bags of heroin and Foster injected himself also with four bags of heroin.Hammitt began to overdose shortly after using the heroin. It was apparent to both Masciotti and Foster that Hammitt needed medical attention. Foster was on probation and did not want law enforcement to come to his home. Foster and Masciotti initially attempted to get a third person to come to Foster’s home with Narcan but that person was not able to do so.Related Article: School drops case of student who bloodied Silent Sam statueAfter that they decided Hammitt needed to go the hospital. Masciotti drove Hammitt to the hospital. At the time, she was unconscious and unresponsive.The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the overdose and responded to thehospital. Upon arrival they interviewed Masciotti about what happened. Masciotti was initially not truthful with law enforcement and said that he found Hammitt in a yard in the Ogden area. When confronted with implausible aspects of his story, Masciotti changed his story and said that Hammitt overdosed at his grandmother’s house. Detectives interviewed Masciotti’s grandmother who denied this happened and said the last time she saw Hammitt, she was fine. When confronted by law enforcement, Masciotti admitted they were at Foster’s house and that he and Foster had purchased the heroin that Hammitt had taken.Detectives responded to Foster’s house. Foster confirmed the last version of events thatMasciotti had told law enforcement. He admitted to law enforcement that he was on probation and did not want law enforcement coming to his home. He also admitted to telling Masciotti via text message to delete the messages between the two of them. Foster also texted Masciotti that Masciotti did not have to talk to law enforcement about Hammitt.Hammitt was not breathing and had no pulse when she arrived at the hospital. Although the doctors and nurses were able to get her heart beating again she remained unable to breathe on her own and was in a coma until her death on November 4, 2016. She was 24 years old at the time of her death. Blood tests indicated Hammitt had injected heroin and fentanyl, which caused her death.Masciotti pleaded guilty in December to Involuntary Manslaughter, Conspiracy to Deliver Heroin, and Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin. (Photo: DA Office) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County man was sentenced to nearly 4 years behind bars for a 2016 overdose death.On Tuesday, Jonathan Foster,29, pleaded guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter, Conspiracy to Deliver Heroin and Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin. The judge sentenced Foster to between 4-7 years in prison.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Former teacher facing more child sex crime charges dating back to 2003

first_img The warrants also include more charges of indecent liberties with students in 2008 to 2009, while he taught at Isaac Bear Early College High School.Kelly also had a photo of a naked boy who appeared to be 14 years old at the time and another photo of a naked unknown juvenile, according to warrants.Kelly was arrested Friday on these additional 25 charges.Related Article: Wilmington oral surgeon charged with sex crimes released from jailThe New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says these charges involve new victims.In all, there are a total of 18 known victims, according to Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer.Kelly was first arrested in early February while he was still a chemistry teacher at IBECHS.In March, the New Hanover County Board of Education voted to fire Kelly.Kelly is in jail under a $2 million bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Michael Kelly, the former Isaac Bear Early College High School teacher in jail awaiting trial on dozens of child sex crimes charges, now faces more charges dating back to when he taught at Laney High School.According to the arrest warrants, Kelly took indecent liberties with a student at Laney in 2003 and with another Laney student from 2005 to 2006.- Advertisement – last_img read more