Homeless man acquitted after spending nearly 5 months in jail

first_imgA homeless man who entered a Mission home last November allegedly seeking shelter was acquitted Tuesday of burglary charges that carry a 17-year sentence.The acquittal came some five months after Phillip Martinez’ November 3 arrest. Unable to post the $100,000 bail, Martinez has been in jail. He remains in jail on an unrelated misdemeanor charge but his lawyer said he is likely to be set free on Monday. Following a day of deliberation, jurors found that the 29-year-old man had no intent to steal when he entered a unit at 22nd and Guerrero streets. His lawyer argued that Martinez believed the building to be empty. “He needed a place to rest and was not there to steal,” said Tamara Aparton, spokesperson for San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi. Tags: crimes • District Attorney • homeless • jeff adachi Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Martinez did not remove any property from the residence, and was found by police resting in a chair at the time of his arrest.“They chose not to charge him with trespassing – they charged him with a felony that could have gotten him years in prison,” said Aparton.  Adachi said prosecutors “overcharged” the case, according to Aparton. According to court records, Martinez, a convicted felon, has a 2009 burglary conviction in another county, but that evidence was excluded from the case by a judge.“We respect the jury’s decision,” said Max Szabo, communications manager for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.According to Martinez’s lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Hadi Razzaq, Martinez told police repeatedly at the time of his arrest that he thought the building where they found him was under construction and empty. “From outward appearances, it didn’t appear anybody was living in it. There was scaffolding and trash piled outside,” said Razzaq.Razzaq said the building was undergoing months of “significant remodeling” when Martinez climbed up its scaffolding at around 9:20 p.m.on November 3, entering the home through an unfinished attic.  Unbeknownst to Martinez, the building’s owner had allowed a construction worker to live in the home during the renovations. The worker was in a bedroom with his girlfriend preparing to go to sleep when he heard noises coming from another room, Razzaq said.  The construction worker found Martinez in a room that served as an office and had several computer monitors, the building owner’s laptop and construction tools.Razzaq said that the construction worker saw Martinez “squatting over a box but couldn’t see what he was doing with his hands.”The worker immediately notified police who, upon arriving some 15 minutes later, found Martinez still in the office, but sitting in a chair. When Martinez was arrested, he did not have any stolen property on him, according to police.  Police seized a pair of sweatpants, shorts, a towel and a vick’s vaporub – the property belonged to Martinez and was not indicative of Martinez’ intention to commit a burglary, said Razzaq.“Philip might have eaten some food, drank juice, moved a utility knife and turned on the water,” said Razzaq. “But the bottom line is: he didn’t even have a bag, backpack, wallet, phone, ID or keys on him.”According to Razzaq, Martinez entered the foster care system at three years old and has been periodically homeless since he turned 16. Days before his arrest, on October 29, Martinez appeared at the front steps of his court-appointed special advocate, one who works with abused or neglected children in foster care. The advocate has known Martinez for some 20 years and testified in court that he found Martinez sleeping on his porch, seemingly “tired, hungry and withdrawn.” Razzaq said the prosecutor argued that Martinez’s homeless predicament was irrelevant and that he entered the home with the intent to steal. But Razzaq refuted this notion.“Homelessness, as we all know, is complicated,” said Razzaq. While originally charging Martinez with residential burglary – entering into a home and having the intent to commit a theft – the District Attorney changed that charge mid-trial, suggesting that it was a “room to room burglary.” Razzaq said the “law supports the idea that you look into a room and see what is in there, and you could be convicted of burglary under those circumstances.”“It’s a case based entirely on circumstantial evidence,” said Razzaq. “The circumstantial evidence that was most persuading is that he didn’t take anything.” center_img 0%last_img read more

ANOTHER edition of the Saintsrlfccom Podcast is n

first_imgANOTHER edition of the Saintsrlfc.com Podcast is now available to download. We preview the trip to Catalan with Acting Head Coach Mike Rush and Francis Meli as Saints look to climb to third in the Stobart Super League table. They also give their opinions on the last England v Exiles match. To download click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes. Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on twitter or email info@saintsrlfc.com with Podcast in the subject line.last_img

FOR a time there was a feeling of Groundhog Day ar

first_imgFOR a time there was a feeling of Groundhog Day around this match. The opposition were held up in traffic and only arrived 12 minutes before the original kick off time, Saints had to make a late change due to injury in the warm-up and then couldn’t complete a set of six in the opening 20 minutes, writes Graham Henthorne.Thankfully after that the comparisons ended and the Saints ran out comfortable 44-8 winners.But, inevitably it seems, the Saints allowed their opponents to open the scoring having bombed two chances themselves.However, as soon as they hung onto the ball the match swung in the Saints favour.Joe Greenwood scored the opening try taking Dom Speakman’s short pass and crashing over. Lee Gaskell’s first conversion of the evening gave the Saints a lead they never relinquished.Greg Wilde extended the lead taking Mark Percival’s pass after the centre had cashed in on a Broncos error.The centre scored his first of the evening minutes later from a repeat set. Another pinpoint Danny Yates kick was grounded in goal by the Broncos after a great chase from the returning Ade Gardner. Gaskell grubbered through the line on the last and Percival touched down.Saints fourth try came after good kick pressure from the Saints forced the last tackle kick out on the full. From the restart Greenwood and Ant Walker both went close before quick hands saw Gaskell put Adam Swift in the right corner.The Saints then showed exactly what controlled rugby league can do to a side as they upped the completion rate from 60% to 88% and completely dominated the Broncos.Apart from a blip on the hour when poor defence let big second row Jack Dillon through on a 60 metre run, the Saints were squeaky clean.Percival’s second try six minutes into the half effectively put the game to bed. Adam Hesketh, a late replacement for Danny Jones was stopped short only for Gaskell to again grubber the ball behind the line for his centre to touch down.Ade Gardner got on the score sheet leaping high to pluck Yates’ cross kick out of the grasp of his opposite number for a trademark try before leaving the field, his work done for the night.Percival completed his hat-trick with a well taken try in the corner after Scott Hale and Brad Ashurst had driven the Saints downfield.Hale scored the Saints final try scorching through the line from Walker’s short ball and rounding the full back for a fine individual try.The good and the bad of the Saints was again on show tonight but they can take heart from the performance and know that if they put it together for 80 minutes they can be a match for anyone, namely the Wolves next weekend in the playoffs.There was a notable debut off the bench for Brad Ashurst who carried the ball well as did Adam Hesketh but the kicking from the trio of Nathan Ashe, Danny Yates and Lee Gaskell was the cornerstone of the victory.Match Summary:St Helens U20s:Tries: Ade Gardner, Adam Swift, Mark Percival 3, Greg Wilde, Scott Hale, Joe Greenwood.Goals: Lee Gaskell 6.London U20s:Tries: Michael Channing, Jack Dillon.Goals:Half Time: 22-4Full Time: 44-8Teams:Saints:1. Lee Gaskell; 5. Ade Gardner, 4. Adam Swift, 3. Mark Percival, 2. Greg Wilde; 6.Nathan Ashe, 7. Danny Yates; 8.Jordan Hand, 9. Dom Speakman, 10. Anthony Walker, 11. Scott Hale, 12. Joe Greenwood, 18. Jordan Case.Subs: 14. Marcus Baines, 15. Alex Trumper, 16. Adam Hesketh, 17. Brad Ashurst.London:1. Oscar Thomas; 5. James Morgan, 3. Illiess Macani, 4. Michael Channing, 2. Harvey Burnett; 6. Dan Sarginson, 7. James Woodburn-Hall; 18. Ash Smith, 9. Mikey Bishay, 10. Paddy Mooney, 11. Jack Dillon, 12. Angus Peters, 13. Alex Ingarfield.Subs: 14. Jack Molloy, 15. Alex Calvert, 16. Sam Bolger, 17. Ryan Dowsett.last_img read more

OUR Official Travel Partner and sponsor of the Spo

first_imgOUR Official Travel Partner and sponsor of the Sponsors’ Lounge at Langtree Park, Hatton’s Travel, is offering a great package to our game in Catalan next season.Catalans TourMay 6 – 12 2015Half Board Overnight Accommodation Outbound & ReturnAt Novotel Dijon Sud / Marsannay La Cote4 Nights All Inclusive & Santa Susanna Resort, SpainCrossing by Eurotunnel Folkestone – CalaisTickets NOT Included for the Game £499.00 pp based on 2 sharingYou can find out more information and book on this trips by contacting Hatton’s on 01744 811818 or by logging on to www.hattonstravel.co.uklast_img

Its a crunch derby as both teams chase a top four

first_imgIt’s a crunch derby as both teams chase a top four spot and the former Cronulla Shark admits there isn’t any room for error.“We would like to be sitting in a better position on the ladder but that is rugby league,” he said. ”Whoever wins this game puts themselves in good stead for the games ahead.“But we know as a group that everything from here on in is business and I don’t think we can afford to lose another game.“Friday’s game is important especially with Wigan and Huddersfield winning games and closing the gap.“All we can do is work hard and learn from the last two weeks, and find that edge to get over the top of teams.”Much has been said about Barba’s introduction to the Saints and where the star is going to fit in.Cards are currently being played close to chests – but Ben is happy wherever Justin Holbrook slots him in.“Wherever Justin puts me I will do a job for the team,” he added. “I feel more comfortable at full back and that is where I have had all my successes in the past, but I know Jonny (Lomax) has played for his country and has done a good job for a long time.“I am sure we will work pretty well together wherever we play.“There is a real competition for places and that is a good headache to have.“All we can do is work hard and get back on that winning trail.”Saints beat Wigan the last time the two sides met at the Totally Wicked Stadium but Friday’s game will have even more riding on it because of league position.An ideal time for Barba to make his debut!“I know what this rivalry is all about – I did my homework and watched some You Tube clips of clashes in the past,” he added. “I am not sure if it is that wild now, but I am definitely looking forward to it.“It is like it has been set up but I am just glad it is at our stadium and not their ground.“As a player you want to play in the big games and against the best and there is no better game to do it than a Saints v Wigan match.”Tickets for the game are on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or logging on here.last_img read more

Saints have won 21 of their previous semifinalsP

first_imgSaints have won 21 of their previous semi-finals.Previous Challenge Cup Meetings:2009 (Round 5) St Helens 42 Catalans Dragons 8 2007 (FINAL) Catalans Dragons 8 St Helens 30 (at Wembley Stadium) 2006 (Quarter Final) St Helens 56 Catalans Dragons 10This Season’s Meetings:St Helens 26, Catalans Dragons 12 (SLR14, 3/5/18) Catalans Dragons 12, St Helens 21 (SLR2, 10/2/18)Last Ten Meetings:St Helens 26, Catalans Dragons 12 (SLR14, 3/5/18) Catalans Dragons 12, St Helens 21 (SLR2, 10/2/18) St Helens 46, Catalans Dragons 28 (SLR22, 16/7/17) Catalans Dragons 24, St Helens 28 (SLR5, 18/3/17) St Helens 39, Catalans Dragons 16 (SLS8-R2, 12/8/16) Catalans Dragons 33, St Helens 16 (SLR18, 11/6/16) St Helens 12, Catalans Dragons 30 (SLR11, 14/4/16) Catalans Dragons 26, St Helens 16 (SLS8-R1, 8/8/15) Catalans Dragons 33, St Helens 26 (SLR14, 9/5/15) St Helens 18, Catalans Dragons 7 (SLR1, 6/2/15)Super League Head to Head:SaintsCatalans Tries127 (1st)83 (7th)Goals101 (1st)75 (8th)Metres32,638 (1st)28,933 (5th)Breaks186 (1st)115 (9th)Tackles7,558 (6th)7,464 (8th)Penalties163 (11th)204 (2nd)Factoids:Theo Fages needs one appearance to reach 150 for his career. He has played in 73 games for St Helens since 2016 and was previously with Salford (66 games, 2013-2015).He has also represented France (10 games, 2013-2015 & 2017).Jonny Lomax has scored a try in each of our last three meetings with Catalans.Danny Richardson has the longest scoring streak in the top flight, having registered points in our last 25 matches.His scoring streak began with seven goals in our 46-6 home win against Castleford on February 2.19 man squads:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 23. Ben Barba, 30. Matty Costello.Catalans: 1. David Mead, 4. Brayden Wiliame, 5. Fouad Yaha, 6. Samisoni Langi, 8. Rémi Casty, 10. Sam Moa, 11. Louis Anderson, 12. Benjamin Garcia, 14. Julian Bousquet, 15. Mikael Simon, 17. Jason Baitieri, 19. Michael McIlorum, 20. Lewis Tierney, 21. Benjamin Jullien, 22. Lucas Albert, 31. Tony Gigot, 32. Mickael Goudemand, 33. Josh Drinkwater, 34. Kenny Edwards.Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 Ben Barba (St Helens) 23 2 = Mark Percival (St Helens), Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity) 17 4 = Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC), Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity) 16 6 Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 15 7 Jonny Lomax (St Helens) 14 8 = Darnell McIntosh (Huddersfield Giants), Fetuli Talanoa (Hull FC), Josh Charnley (Warrington Wolves) 12Goals: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 101 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 77 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 56 4 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 49 5 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 47 7 Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons) 44 8 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 39 9 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 37 10 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 35Goals Percentage: 1 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 89.74 (35/39) 2 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 88.09 (37/42) 3 Tyrone Roberts (Warrington Wolves) 87.50 (14/16) 4 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 86.15 (56/65) 5 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 86.11 (31/36) 6 Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (33/39) 7 Lucas Albert (Catalans Dragons) 84.21 (16/19) 8 Krisnan Inu (Widnes Vikings) 84.00 (21/25) 9 James Batchelor (Wakefield Trinity) 81.25 (13/16) 10 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 77.77 (49/63)Points: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 221 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 196 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 156 4 Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons) 116 5 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 106 6 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 103 7 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 100 8 = Jake Connor (Hull FC), Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 96 10 Ben Barba (St Helens) 92Betfred Super League Table:POSTeamPWLDPFPADIFFPTS1Saints232120713298415422Wigan Warriors231670573345228323Castleford Tigers23157156748087314Warrington Wolves231481531410121295Huddersfield Giants2311111427629-202236Hull FC2311120534544-10227Wakefield Trinity231012158150675218Catalans Dragons2310121488531-4321Tickets:The game is sold out.last_img read more

Holly Tree Elementary students learn about the life of Jackie Robinson

first_img He told the tale of Robinson’s journey to the big leagues and his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.Some of the students were asked to help Jones by dressing up as Robinson and his wife during various parts of the story.Jones says the challenges Robinson endured can teach the kids a lesson about how to live their own lives.“All individuals, when they’re young, they’re trying to learn their way through life. He did that. If they can hear the inspirational component of his life, they’ll learn that he is someone that they can idolize as well,” Jones said.Jones’ mother lived in Wilmington, so he has family ties to the area. He says whenever he is here for a visit, he loves teaching kids about history. Derrick Jones and two Holly Tree Elementary students read about the life of Jackie Robinson (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One of the most famous baseball players of all time was the topic of conversation at Holly Tree Elementary School Monday afternoon as students learned about the life of Jackie Robinson.Derrick Jones is a self-proclaimed history buff, specializing in Negro League baseball players like Robinson.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Young girl gets close encounter with shark in Oak Island

first_img “I felt something rough rub against my left leg and then my sister’s friend also felt it,” said Alyssa Kobyluck.The family from Ohio was swimming in the ocean Sunday when their daughter Alyssa, who is 11, said she felt something rub her leg. When they all saw what it was they said they got out the water quickly and started yelling for everyone else to do the same.“It’s a five foot shark so yeah it makes you a little nervous,” said Alyssa’s father, Chad Kobyluck.Related Article: 911 calls released in alleged Oak Island killingThe family says the shark remained for another 30 minutes before heading back into deeper water.“I saw something and then right then saw the fin and the tail and we knew exactly what it was so we started yelling ‘Shark’ and telling everyone to get out of the water,” said Mr. Kobyluck.In the video captured by the family, you can see a small shark swimming in the shoreline. 00:00 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 OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — A family visiting Oak Island had quite the shocking start to their vacation when a small shark swam up next to them.The Kobyluck family has been coming to the area for the past 12 years, but never have seen shark in the water.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Mans wrong turn helps save a life

first_img That’s when fate happened. Ludwig happened upon a serious motorcycle accident.“He hit that car right on his bike and that pressure pretty much crushed his entire foot and it was profusely bleeding,” Ludwig said.The driver of the motorcycle was losing blood fast from his leg, so Ludwig sprung into action before things could get worse.Related Article: Police looking for suspected hit-and-run driver after woman injured on moped“So I had the idea to just take off the man’s belt and I just used it as a tourniquet at that point to make the bleeding stop,” Ludwig said.Once he applied the tourniquet, Ludwig and an elderly couple then worked to keep the motorcyclist calm until emergency services arrived. But how did he know how to apply a tourniquet?“War movies,” he said. “It’s just common sense in my opinion.”Like a scene out of an action movie, Ludwig is being hailed a hero on line and in real life for saving one mans life and just like a true hero he says he was just doing the right thing.“I think any good person would at least pull over to see if anyone needed help,” Ludwig said.Ludwig is now hoping he can find out how the man is doing. He doesn’t remember his name and is hoping he can get in contact with the motorcyclist somehow, someway. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For Christian Ludwig, it was a pretty great Monday for him. The only hiccup? He missed his turn to get home.“I was coming back on Wrightsville Avenue and I missed my turn to cut off towards the University and so I had to take Rose Avenue instead,” Ludwig said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

DINK FOR PINK Pickleball players raise paddles to fight breast cancer

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — Leland is a known hot spot for pickleball. This week nearly 275 people picked up their paddles for the 3rd Annual Dink for Pickleball Tournament.Competitors were on the courts at the House of Pickleball in Leland Thursday playing for a good cause.- Advertisement – Basket raffle (Photo: Lump to Laughter) 1 of 8 Basket raffle (Photo: Lump to Laughter) Basket raffle (Photo: Lump to Laughter) Raffle baskets, valued between $480-$2,000, are located at the Brunswick Forest Fitness Center until 2 p.m. Friday. Tickets for it are available to the public and the winners will be drawn at the dinner. Basket raffle (Photo: Lump to Laughter)center_img Basket raffle (Photo: Lump to Laughter) The tournament benefits Lump for Laughter, a non-profit dedicated to supporting those diagnosed with breast cancer.The event started Wednesday and continues through the weekend.Event Organizer Richard Holloman says the cause speaks for it’s self.Related Article: Four charged after investigators recover $600K in stolen items“Lump to Laughter is the organization that we are supporting and we raise a lot of money for them as we have baskets put together that we auction off and a dinner Friday night at WWAY,” Holloman said. “It’s a whole week event and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of it.”A fundraiser dinner will be held at the WWAY Event Center, 1224 Magnolia Village Way in Leland, Friday night. WWAY’s Helen Holt is the Mistress of Ceremonies. Basket raffle (Photo: Lump to Laughter) Basket raffle (Photo: Lump to Laughter) Basket raffle (Photo: Lump to Laughter)last_img read more