Friendly chatter continued to fill the room. Several officers clustered around the entryway and talked amongst themselves. Others talked to residents in groups of two, while Mission Station Captain Gaetano Caltagirone spoke with residents one on one.Caltagirone wants the station to be accessible for residents and make sure their needs are heard and addressed. “They might have things they want to voice,” Caltagirone said. “[We] bring the station to them.”Officer David Hernandez was standing by the front window, observing the crowd. The young policeman appreciated the opportunity to have normal conversations with people he is used to seeing around the neighborhood. “It makes the relationship a lot easier if we know their names and they know ours,” Hernandez said.Mervyn Greene (left) shakes hands with Capt. Caltagirone (right) in the Mission Hotel lobby in September. Photo by Julian Mark.While coffee was sipped and donuts were eaten, Louise Irish was smoking outside by a trash can. When asked why she hadn’t spoken to any of the officers, she laughed. “I’m not in the mood,” Irish said.The Mission native has been living here for nine years and says police response time has not gotten better. “Someone can be beaten by their boyfriend. By the time police get here the boyfriend is out the door and gone,” Irish said. She leaned on the trash can, took another puff of her cigarette and recounted a specific slow response time she found particularly frustrating.A noise complaint was made about a man who was playing loud music out of a speaker. Police were called around 3 p.m. and did not show up until 8 p.m. When they showed up, Irish says they locked the front door and questioned everyone standing outside. While this was happening, Irish recalls, she saw the man with the speaker taking in the spectacle from the other side of the street.Tenant Organizer Jason Crossland, 51, has lived in the Mission for half of his adult life and he feels conditions outside of Mission Hotel have changed for the better.“A lot of [Mission Station officers] have been here as long as I have and they’ve seen it change,” Crossland said. “One officer told me he used to have to come here three to four times a day.”Green believes that a strong relationship with the police can help change perceptions of the hotel and its residents as well. “I’m a black man who’s lived in America all my life,” Green said, referring to the divide between law enforcement and minorities. “Neither really knows the other side, so the easiest way to deal with this is to meet each other.” Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Address On Wednesday afternoon, several Mission Station police officers rolled into the Mission Hotel on South Van Ness Avenue. There were no calls regarding a complaint or disturbance. Quite the opposite: the cops were packing coffee and donuts.Hotel residents and officers gathered in the quaint lobby area to make small talk and break the proverbial ice. This casual interaction between these two groups is not the norm here. Central City SRO Collaborative tenant organizers Mitch Orsaba, Jason Crossland and Mervyn Green would like it to be. A similar meet and greet was held last fall, but there hasn’t been once since. The purpose of this gathering goes beyond quality time with the cops. “We’ve had seven people die [in the hotel] this year; we’re averaging a person a month,” Green said.Green organized the first meet and greet. He made a habit of attending every monthly community meeting at Mission Station. He was one of the only Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotel residents attending but wanted to change that. Green began speaking with officers and worked with the Central City SRO Collaborative to host the initial meet and greet. He hopes that fostering a relationship with the local police will help improve the lives of his neighbors. Perhaps even save them.
NATHAN Brown pointed to a number of reasons why Saints lost 35-28 to Widnes on Friday night but insisted the club will benefit from recent events.It was the side’s fifth defeat of the season but once again the youngsters shone.“The most disappointing thing is we led 12-6 and then we scored a try that was disallowed,” he said. “I thought our response to that wasn’t good. When you lose a number of games in a row, and close ones too, your confidence can be down. But our resolve wasn’t there and we needed to fight harder against that decision.“I thought we actually defended really well for a long period and then they got us with a push over try. We did something like 50 tackles and had the ball for two – defending well – but our resolve wasn’t good enough to keep us in the contest.“I thought there were some really good performances and we created two other chances in the first half, got back to 10 behind, made a line break and then we threw it on the ground when we look like scoring in the corner.“We needed to be a little more clinical. When we were behind we played our best attacking football in a number of weeks and that is probably a confidence thing and the fact you can throw caution to the wind.“There is lots of good stuff I can see, but consistency isn’t there. We need to get a number of players to marry up.”Saints missed Sia Soliola due to a dead leg but Brown expects him to return for the next game alongside another couple of players.“I prefer to talk about the ones we do have though and I think we are seeing the benefit of the younger players playing more games. Look at Mark Percival, he is playing really well. The youngsters are outshining some of the older ones. The best forward on the field was Luke Thompson who has just turned 18.“But I thought tonight we could have helped ourselves a lot better and come up with a positive result. Things will end up turning out good though.”
YOU’RE the heartbeat.Close your eyes, hear the roar of the crowd as Tommy Makinson flies down the right hand side. Josh Jones takes it up… it’s inside to Joe Greenwood; he roars past the defence and plunges under the sticks. The fans go wild, the players jump over each other… Langtree Park is christened.This year will be remembered for many things but the night Saints dramatically turned over their rivals was a real highlight.Fans and players as one as the heartbeat of your St Helens pumped.And it’s not over yet… Nathan Brown and his charges have designs on having a big end to the season.2014 will see more dramatic moments, fuelled by the passion of you the fans.Luke Walsh, Mose Masoe and Richard Beaumont will make their debuts alongside a very talented St Helens team.2013 saw 13 debutants and more are coming…Be part of it and be the heartbeat – #saintsheartbeat – 2014 Season Tickets are now on sale.A Season Ticket is the best way of seeing your Saints in 2014 and offers the best value for money around.For example, adult and family renewals get between four and seven games free respectively compared to matchday ticket prices in the Hatton’s Solicitors West Stand and most renewals are at least 25 per cent cheaper than full price season ticket.In the Totally Wicked North and Solarking South stands family renewal prices in Silver and Bronze are from less than £11 per seat per game.You can renew here or you can make Early Bird purchases by clicking here.All current adult season ticket holders will receive an email, if we have their details, with the link to renew.Prices, FAQs, Direct Debit Forms are all available here or you can download the brochure here.You can also visit the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or call 01744 455 052.Dates for your Diary:Renewal Period: August 12 2013 – September 30 2013Early Bird Offer: August 12 2013 – December 24 2013General Sale: December 25 2013 onwards#saintsheartbeat
KEIRON Cunningham has assured fans that the “number one priority” at the club is improving the defence.After the bitter disappointment of the Cup loss to Hull FC, Saints face Salford Red Devils in a vital fixture at Langtree Park.And KC says he’s pleased the game comes so quickly after Sunday’s performance.“It was a really bitter pill to swallow but in reality unless someone can invent a time machine so we could have another crack and do the job we should have done then we can’t do anything,” he said. “The cup dream is over and I am devastated about it. I am disappointed for the chairman, club and the fans.“We served up our worst defensive display for one of the biggest games of the season.“The players don’t purposely go out to lose and are devastated too. I have been amongst games that turn out like that and you don’t purposely go out to play that badly. They are stinging as we had high hopes for the competition.“Now we have 10 games left before we have any ambition of doing anything. We need to build into performances and we have to get better defensively.I can assure everyone involved at the club and the fans, that this is priority number one. We will be working very hard on that department.“We have the luxury of a short turnaround so we can get out there again but we haven’t got the luxury of training together for an extended spell. Realistically, we have one session on the field and then we roll into a good Salford side.“I am happy with that, happy we can get out there and happy we will have a tough clash against Salford at Langtree.”He continued: “Adam Swift has a good chance this week – we will see how he comes through on Thursday. Jordan Turner and Travis Burns are fit and available – as are a multitude of younger players – but it is a case of getting the balance of the team right.“We will shoot with whichever is our best defensive team and try and get some form.Salford are a good side and much improved – they will want to right some wrongs too from their cup exit.”Tickets for Friday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or via www.saintssuperstore.com
MEET John Hill – he was the lucky winner of an all-expenses paid trip to the State of Origin simply by being a Saints Member for 2016!We launched the Grand Draw back in August and to be in with a chance of winning fans had to renew or buy a Membership for 2016.So as well as receiving great benefits and saving on match entry, they could also win the trip of a lifetime for two to watch Game 3 of the 2016 State of Origin (July 13, 2016) series including flights, accommodation and tickets!John was the lucky winner and has spent the last couple of months preparing for his big trip … and we’ll hear from him as he blogs the build up to his ‘tour’ as well as when he is in Australia too.“Since all my family are Saints supporters it was inevitable I would end up being an ardent supporter of the red vee,” he said. “I have been following Saints for some 40 years now and have successfully passed on the bug to my two sons Matt and Chris.“Working in town at NSG Pilkington Watson Street means a Saints conversation is never far away and Langtree can be viewed from the plant (look for the tall brick chimney behind the West stand).“I started following Saints in the late seventies and took in my first Wembley final in 1978 with the agonising Noonan dropped ball incident. Following on I became even more hooked following on from my Dad taking me to going with mates from school. Still go with my mate Ian and both of us take our boys now.“I attended Byrchall High in Ashton which was predominantly Wigan fans sprinkled with a Saints fans including my old school pal Bruce of Hatton’s Solicitors. It was very much a soccer school but a few of us managed to introduce rugby into the games lessons. One of the better things I did at school.“As for the trip, I’ll be taking my eldest son Matthew who completes his GCSE’s this summer and loves his rugby. He played for Thatto Heath Crusaders for most of his junior career. A great club for any new starter.“To be going to Australia is a fantastic prize and the club have gone out of their way to ensure all will run smoothly with premium tickets for the third State of Origin game along with booking the flights and hotel in Darling Harbour. We aim to take in NRL games on the Friday and Saturday with again the club helping out here.“Prior to this my only recollection of winning a prize was Moorby the goldfish (named after Gary our big money signing from Keighley at the time). I won him at the St Helens show when it was the greatest free show on Earth or least in the North West!”You can follow John via Twitter on @RedveeJohn
This is the 13th year of the competition, where participants can compete competitively or for fun. Pro surfer Brett Barley says how much he loves coming to the event.“I get joy out of seeing they’re stoked and encouraging them to pursue what they love doing. And even if it’s a contest, encouraging them that it’s fine to lose. I grew up losing a lot and that’s just part of it. You’re not always going to win. But that’s always the goal,” said Barley.Barley says he loves seeing the community get so involved and loves getting to surf alongside with the kids who look up to him. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Surfers of all ages took to Wrightsville Beach this weekend for the 2018 Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Fest.The competition began friday and wrapped up with final rounds Sunday. Over 200 surfers entered the competition, ranging from five years old all the way to 40.- Advertisement –
If you win, the cash option will leave you with $210.2 million. There was no winner on Christmas Day, but on Thursday one lucky player in New York took home a $294 million Powerball jackpot. WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — Want to ring in the New Year with some more cash in your pocket? Tonight you could be a millionaire! The Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to $348 million.It is the largest Mega Millions prize ever offered on the last draw day of the year. The drawing will take place at 10 p.m.- Advertisement –
Mark Harris walks to a meet with state elections investigators in Raleigh on Jan. 3, 2019. (Photo: WSOC) By EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated PressRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Republican in the nation’s last undecided congressional race asked a North Carolina court Thursday to require that he be declared the winner because the now-defunct state elections board didn’t act.- Advertisement – A lawsuit by GOP candidate Mark Harris claims the disbanded elections board had been declared unconstitutional, so its investigation into alleged ballot fraud by an operative hired by the Republican’s campaign was invalid.The elections board was dissolved Dec. 28 by state judges who in October declared its makeup unconstitutional but had allowed investigations to continue. A revamped board doesn’t officially come into existence until Jan. 31.“Time is of the essence,” Harris’ lawsuit states. Because the new elections board won’t be created for weeks, “the uniform finality of a federal election is endangered by the State Board’s actions and the citizens of the 9th District have no representation in Congress.”Related Article: NCGOP Twitter: Rep. Walter Jones in hospice careState elections staffers on Wednesday said a planned Jan. 11 evidentiary hearing to outline what investigators have found since November’s election had to be postponed due to the lack of a board authorized to subpoena witnesses and hold hearings.The investigation is continuing, however, with Harris being interviewed for two hours Thursday as all other U.S. House winners were sworn into office in Washington.“We certainly want to help in any way we can with any investigation to get to the bottom of it, but we believe that, again, that I should be certified,” Harris said. “We don’t believe that the number of ballots in question would change the outcome of this election and we believe, again, that that is the standard ultimately that the board of elections looks to.”Harris narrowly led Democrat Dan McCready in unofficial vote counts, but the elections board refused to certify him as the winner amid an unusually large number of unused absentee ballots and a large advantage in absentees favoring the Republican in two of the 9th congressional district’s rural counties.Witnesses signed sworn affidavits alleging that a political operative in rural Bladen County paid by Harris’ campaign collected incomplete and unsealed ballots from voters. It’s illegal for anyone other than a close relative or guardian to take a person’s ballot.Democratic leaders in the U.S. House have said they won’t allow Harris to take office because of the ongoing investigation. The U.S. Constitution makes the House the judge and final arbiter of its members’ election contests.“Let’s remember that Harris is under investigation for unprecedented election fraud perpetrated by his campaign, spearheaded by a man he hand-picked and paid to produce votes. He is not the victim here, the voters are,” McCready said on Twitter.Harris is asking a trial-court judge to order North Carolina’s hired elections director to certify the Republican as the winner. Evidence hasn’t surfaced justifying the delay, the lawsuit states. Responses by the elections board staff, McCready or other parties with an interest in the case are due by Jan. 14, a court administrator said.The elections board in late November explained the delayed certification and subsequent investigation by citing a state law that allows it to take any “action necessary to assure that an election is determined without taint of fraud or corruption and without irregularities that may have changed the result of an election.”Republicans were silent when the neighboring and Democrat-heavy 12th Congressional district remained vacant for 10 months in 2014. Former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory opted to wait until November of that year to hold the election to fill the seat Mel Watt resigned that January to become director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. McCrory explained his decision as saving the $1 million that a special election would have cost.The dispute over the elections board makeup stems from legislative moves in late 2016 to undercut the powers of incoming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who had narrowly beaten McCrory weeks earlier. The state elections board makeup was changed so that Cooper wouldn’t appoint most members, as governors had done for a century.Cooper sued, and courts determined the old formula was necessary to allow governors to fulfill their duty to make sure election laws, like other laws, are faithfully executed.The legislature last week approved a new law authorizing what will become a three-Democrat, two-Republican elections board later this month. But a three-judge panel overseeing the dispute decided the same day that the board the jurists had allowed to stay in business to oversee the Harris case had delayed long enough and scrapped the body last Friday.___Associated Press writer Gary D. Robertson contributed to this report
“She’s a very talented lady. Very sweet. Very smart. Loved by everybody,” Gayle Todd said.Those who knew her had nothing but good things to say about Judy Brock. Todd spent years alongside Brock in the Holden Beach Beautification Club.Todd never saw this coming, and she’s not the only one.Related Article: Man found shot in NC mall lot after possible road rage nearby“We’ve been incorporated since 1969 and this is the first case we’ve had like this in 50 years, since the town has been incorporated,” said Holden Beach Police Captain Jeremy Dixon.Dixon says the town has never had a murder until now.Prosecutor Glenn Emery say Phillip Brock called in the Silver Alert for his wife over the weekend, but Judy Brock did not have a cognitive impairment. They believe Brock called in the alert to throw them off.Emery said Brock disabled the GPS on his phone and tried to do the same thing on his truck.“We were able to use GPS to track the vehicle, which placed him in Sampson County, where he reported his wife missing,” Dixon said.Investigators placed Brock’s truck in Sampson County on Friday, which is the same day Brock said he last saw his wife.Dixon says this was the same wooded area where investigators found Judy Brock’s body five days after her husband reported her missing.Friends are still in disbelief.“Very good actor,” Todd said. “Like I said, he was very distraught. Very upset. And he would make you cry when we talked to him. He was very upset.”According to online records, Phillip Brock was a registered forester with the State of North Carolina.Brock is charged with first degree murder. He will remain in jail without bond. A probable cause hearing is set for April 2. Phillip Brock makes his first court appearance on March 21, 2019 (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — The GPS inside a Ford f150 is what led investigators to Sampson County, where the body of Judy Brock Brown was found on Wednesday.That’s what prosecutors revealed during a court appearance in Brunswick County for her husband, Phillip Harry Brock, 71, who is charged with her murder.- Advertisement –
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Police Department wants you to know the Port City is a safe place to live, work, and visit after three separate shooting incidents that drew a lot of attention over the Easter weekend.New public safety concerns are being raised in the community.- Advertisement – “Understandable that with three incidents this past weekend, people would have a concern for public safety, but I can tell you that the Wilmington Police Department is around the clock working 24/7,” Sergeant Myron Irving said.Irving says all department heads met immediately following the weekend to discuss better strategies to combat crime in those crime-prone areas.Irving says community programs that provide fun and safe spaces for police and residents alike are most effective.Related Article: Animal Alley: New exhibit coming to the Children’s Museum of WilmingtonWPD is ramping up its presence across Wilmington, but also trying to build better relationships with citizens.“We have also rolled out with our police athletic leagues,” Irving said. “We’ve done initiatives with some of the areas local youth.”Two shootings were reported on Saturday on South 13th street.Sunday afternoon, another shooting was added to the list in the Houston Moore housing community.Irving adds there has never been a history of Easter correlating to higher crimes in this area.Irving is encouraging residents to use the anonymous text-a-tip. If you see something, text “tip708” and the message to CRIMES (2-7-4-6-3-7).