Two arrested after drunken car chase

first_imgNORTH HOLLYWOOD — An alleged drunken pursuit left five cars damaged, one flipped and two men in jail, police said today. Shortly after 2 a.m., police believe Kevin Soler, 23, was driving his 1995 Isuzu Rodeo down Universal Way when he smacked into a 1992 Acura Legend driven by Steven Knapp, 22. A chase into the streets of North Hollywood ensued. “Now the hit-and-run vehicle’s being chased by the guy he collided with,” said Sgt. Bill Justice of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic division. “(Soler) loses control, spins out and hits four parked cars. The driver takes off.” When police responded to the crash on Bloomfield Street near Cahuenga Boulevard, they found Knapp, stopped and gawking at Soler’s flipped Rodeo. As they began their investigation, they noticed he appeared intoxicated and arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence. While Knapp was being taken into custody, Soler returned to the scene, apparently to check on his vehicle. Police questioned him and found he appeared intoxicated as well and arrested him on suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run. Both men failed blood-alcohol tests. “We’re fortunate that no one was seriously hurt,” Justice said. “If they hadn’t crashed, they might have gotten away with the DUI. Instead, they’re in jail.” For more cops and crime news, check out It’s a Crime. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

The reptile whisperer

first_imgHagan said those not knowledgable about herptiles will get a good idea of what they are all about by attending the event. “The goal is to expose and introduce people to (herptiles), and not just what they would find in the local area, but also around the world,” he said. “You have the opportunity to see some animals up close that you probably wouldn’t have an opportunity to see otherwise.” robert.hong@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! During the event, society members displayed pets from their personal collections of animals. For example, visitors saw a display of the shell of a 650-pound Galapagos turtle, as well as venomous snakes and rare species of reptiles and amphibians. Education is important when it comes to these often-misunderstood animals, said society member Don Davern of Glendale, who brought several of his collection of about 15 reptiles and amphibians. “A lot of people have an unrealistic fear of snakes,” he said. “Here they can learn more about snakes, and that’s good for people, especially young people.” San Gabriel resident and exhibit contributor Tom Hagan recalls how as a child he was always told to stay away from snakes. Now, he is a reptile and amphibian fan, he said. “I decided I wanted to have some sort of a pet, but I wanted something out of the ordinary, something more than just a pet – a project,” he said. “I searched around and I settled on reptiles.” “At first I just wanted to keep them to look at, but I got interested in learning how to breed and raise them,” he said. “It’s that reward of knowing that you’re caring for something.” Morquecho’s creepy, crawling things were among dozens of the scaly creatures displayed at the exhibit, put on by the Southwestern Herpetologists Society – which has a San Gabriel Valley chapter to which Morquecho belongs – along with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. The society provides information about and works toward the conservation of reptiles and amphibians, which are often referred to as “herptiles.” “It’s an event that happens only once a year and it’s free to everybody,” said Sophia Wong, a member of the society’s Los Angeles chapter. last_img read more

MAN WAS LYING DRUNK ON THE ROAD OUTSIDE PULSE NIGHTCLUB

first_imgA JUDGE has praised Gardai who arrested a man lying drunk on the road outside Letterkenny’s Pulse Nightclub.Fifty-year-old James Reddan, from Meenaclady, Meelaragh, Co Donegal was found on the road on December 7.Garda Charlene Anderson detained him because he was posing a danger to himself, Letterkenny Court heard. Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said Mr Reddan had been in successful recovery from alcohol addiction.“But on the day in question he came to Letterkennny and bumped into some old pals and this is how it ended up. It was a slip on the road to recovery,” said Mr Gallagher.Judge Kelly fined Reddan €200, praised Garda Anderson and told Reddan: “You’re lucky gardai came to your assistance before someone ran over you.”MAN WAS LYING DRUNK ON THE ROAD OUTSIDE PULSE NIGHTCLUB was last modified: December 17th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:drunkletterkennyMeenacladynightclubThe Pulselast_img read more

GAA NEWS: MOVILLE MINOR GIRLS FACE DOWNINGS IN COUNTY FINAL THIS SUNDAY

first_imgMoville GAA News:The minor girls take on Downings in the county final this Sunday in Convoy 1pm throw in. Please come along and show your support. There was no Jackpot winner this week. The €50 winner was Joe McCafferty and Aoife Evans. Next week’s jackpot €3100. Thanks for your continued support as the lotto is our main source of incomes. Underage training for toddlers, under 6s, under 8s and under 10s returns this Saturday September 5th at 10am all new kids welcome. Training for under 10 and 11 girls is on Saturday 11am to 12. The under 9 boys and underr 11 boys will train this Friday night at 6:30 to get ready for their upcoming blitz. The players of week for the under 8 boys was Paul Brennan and under 8 girls Tanya Cavanagh. The under 11 boys recorded and impressive win last Saturday morning away to Steelestown.All club gear including polo shits, half vips, club jerseys, kit bags, hoodies, beanie hats and rain jackets are available to purchased through Bridget Harkin.    GAA NEWS: MOVILLE MINOR GIRLS FACE DOWNINGS IN COUNTY FINAL THIS SUNDAY was last modified: September 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAASportlast_img read more

MIXED RESULTS FOR FINN VALLEY AC AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN SANTRY

first_imgATHLETICS: The 2015 national even age championships at Santry wasn’t one of the better championship outings by Finn Valley AC in recent years.However, there was good solid runs individually by Karen Gallagher 14th and Aoife Mc Grath 15th in the u 16 girls a performance that gained them deserved medals with the Ulster scoring team and helped Valley to 4th team with Laura Crossan 64th ,and Lauren Mc Daid 82nd it still added up to 40 pts adrift of a team medal position. The performances of Aoife and Karen hopefully will see them confirmed on the Ulster team for Celtic international x country . The u 18 boys 9th team with Eoghain Bradley 66th best on the day. In the u 12 boys Shea Mc Menamin continues to improve 73rd our best finisher . THe u 12 girls just need to learn to get out fast but 11 th team it was at days end here Hannah Murray recovered to 32nd ,Sarah Bradley 41st,Demi Crossan 78th,Abby Mc Granaghan 139th .In the u 14 girls 82nd for Amy Mc Menamin our best again didn’t engage early on . The u 16 boys 13th team scoring 48,79,96,108. With Oisin Toye u 14 boys 57th 4th Donegal finisher but hadn’t been included on the team unfortunately . . Gerard Gallagher and Dermot Brennan were our sole representatives senior men in a race where Donegal club athletes fared poorly and finally the junior men no team standings at time of going to press but Oisin Gallen our best 27th backed up by Jack Mc Bride,Michael Gallagher,Shane Mc Bride and Paddy Penrose . Very encouraging to have a junior squad . Now the focus turns to Dungarvan uneven ages and novice .MIXED RESULTS FOR FINN VALLEY AC AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN SANTRY was last modified: November 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:athleticsSportlast_img read more

RAPHOE MAN TOLD GARDAÍ: ‘GET OUT OF YOUR PATROL CAR SO I CAN FIGHT YOU’

first_imgLetterkenny Court.A Raphoe man who shouted a string of abusive words at Gardaí and asked them to get out of their patrol car and fight him has been fined at a sitting of Letterkenny District Court. Dean Kelly, 38, with an address at 9 St Eunan’s Terrace, Raphoe was arrested at The Diamond, Raphoe on April 20 this year. The court heard how an intoxicated Kelly started shouting obscene profanities at Gardaí as he approached the patrol car they were sitting in.Kelly staggered towards the patrol car and continued to shout abuse towards the Gardaí.Several times, the court heard, the Gardaí instructed Kelly to leave the area immediately and return home.Kelly refused and then asked the Gardaí to get out of the car and fight him.He then approached the window of the patrol car and told them again to get out of the car and fight him.At this point Kelly took up a fighting stance and began to get more aggressive and animated towards the Gardaí.Gardaí where then forced to use pepper spray to restrain Kelly, and the effects of the spray resulted in Kelly finally calming down.Kelly was taken to Letterkenny Garda Station following his arrest.However, the defendant’s solicitor Frank Dorrian said that Kelly had become irritated because he had been the victim of mistaken identity.Mr Dorrian said: “The Gardaí were searching for somebody else at the time, and were convinced he was the person they were looking for.“He got irritated because they wouldn’t believe him and began to get aggressive.“However, they then released him without charge because they realised they had made a mistake.”The court heard how Kelly had ten previous convictions, but were mostly for road traffic offences.Judge Denis McLaughlin took into consideration Kelly’s guilty plea, and the fact that most of his previous offences took place quite a while ago.He fined Kelly €150 and gave him four months to pay the fine.RAPHOE MAN TOLD GARDAÍ: ‘GET OUT OF YOUR PATROL CAR SO I CAN FIGHT YOU’ was last modified: November 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtsDean KellyfinedGardainewsProfanititesRaphoelast_img read more

Officer remembers Tookie as `cold-blooded killer’

first_imgToday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger holds a clemency hearing for condemned murderer Stanley Tookie Williams. He will hear from prosecutors and those who believe Williams is a changed man. The officers who helped bring him in saw a different Williams. Below is their story. Guns drawn, a small team of Los Angeles County homicide investigators waited out the night inside a crowded house in Los Angeles, eager for their suspect to walk through the door. Exhausted but alert with adrenaline, Gene Hetzel, then a 39-year-old detective, watched for the doorknob to turn. He had been hunting Stanley Tookie Williams for days, working on little sleep. Now, as he waited for Williams to come home, his main worry was the body builder’s size, his massive chest, his 22-inch arms. “We had already put together information about his physical size. We weren’t going to take any chances as far as an altercation,” Hetzel said. It was March 14, 1979 – three days after Williams shotgunned three members of a family during a motel robbery in Los Angeles. The search for the shooter had led detectives to the Los Angeles home of James and Ester Garrett, with whom Williams had been staying. The married couple had already disclosed to detectives their conversations with Williams in which he described the murders. So as not to arouse suspicions, the Garretts went about their nightly routine: They watched television, talked, ate dinner. The detectives kept a quiet vigil. “We’d been up all day, into the wee hours of the previous night, looking for Williams,” Hetzel said. “It was warm, because we had so many people in that small house.” Finally, their patience looked as if it was about to pay off. Late into the night, Williams arrived at the house. Detectives heard him walking toward the front door. But then – nothing. Mysteriously, Williams simply turned around and got back into a car with friends. Hours later, Hetzel learned that Williams was in custody. Other officers had stopped the car Williams was driving and arrested him on a weapons violation. He had two loaded shotguns inside the car. Thirteen days earlier, on Feb. 28, 1979, Ed Nyberg, in his third year as a patrol officer for the Whittier Police Department, was working the graveyard shift on the west side of the city. He stopped at a 7-Eleven on Whittier Boulevard at about 3a.m., just to check for any problems. In that era, the area was dotted with massage parlors, a notorious hangout for criminals, Nyberg said. “I tried to stay out there and listen, because it wasn’t uncommon to hear shots and fights,” he said. But everything looked quiet at the 7-Eleven – no cars in the parking lot – so Nyberg waved at the young clerk and drove off. “I remember what he looked like. He was in his early or mid-20s, with shoulder-length, reddish-blond hair. Surfer type,” Nyberg said. When he drove past the store about an hour later, however, sheriff’s squad cars were everywhere, and Nyberg quickly learned that the clerk, 26-year-old Albert Lewis Owens, who lived nearby, had been killed in a robbery. It was only Owens’ second day on the job, Nyberg said. “I’ve often thought about it,” he said. “If I had driven to the 7-Eleven 20, 30 minutes later, they would’ve seen me and it probably wouldn’t have happened. “You kind of take it personal.” After learning Williams was in custody, Hetzel and another detective went to interview their suspect at the sheriff’s Firestone Station. It was daylight now, and Hetzel had been awake for nearly two days. The interview took about two hours. Throughout, their suspect was cool. “What amazed me was that, here this man has been arrested for a weapons violation,” said Hetzel, now 65 and retired. “To him, it was like no big thing. He didn’t have any big concern.” In the three days after the Yang family murders, Hetzel had investigated the crime scene, worked with detectives in the Owens case, and identified a prime suspect. He spent hours staking out Williams to make an arrest and, after he was brought into custody, interviewed him for hours. With other detectives, he had compiled information for attorneys to prosecute. Finally, later that afternoon, he went home to sleep. “I mean this in all sincerity,” he said. “I worked in homicide for eight years and I never put an innocent person in jail. Williams was a ruthless, cold-blooded killer. I have no doubt in my mind that he was the trigger man.” sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Avant Leads Men’s Golf on First Day of ODU/OBX Intercollegiate

first_img“We had a solid first round. We struggled on the first nine but played great on the back nine,” said Drake head coach Matt Lewis. Story Links ODU/OBX First Day Results Sophomore Tommi Avant led the team with a season-best two-under par, 69, and is tied for fifth-place. Junior Drew Ison fired a one-under 70 and his tied for 12th. Matt Lavery and Chase Wicklund each carded a 74 (+3), while Jack Kennedy recorded a 79 to round out the team’s effort. POWELLS POINT, N.C. – The Drake University men’s golf team had a pair of Bulldogs shoot under-par on the first day of the Old Dominion University/Outer Banks Intercollegiate on Sunday. The Bulldogs will look to move the leaderboard on Monday for the second round of the ODU/Outer Banks Intercollegiate. Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs recorded a team score of 287 (+3) and are in sixth-place. Drake is just two shots behind fifth-place George Mason and four from fourth-place UNCW. Akron is on top of the leaderboard with a score of 279 (-5), while Ball State and host ODU are in second (281) and third (282), respectively.last_img read more

Women’s Tennis Hosts Evansville and Southern Illinois To Close Out Regular Season

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s tennis team closes out the regular season this weekend as the Bulldogs host Evansville on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Southern Illinois on Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Southern Illinois takes on Northern Illinois before taking on the Bulldogs on Sunday. The Salukis are on a three-match winning streak and are coming off a 6-1 win against Missouri State. Meagan Monaghan has led the team in league play with a 4-0 record, while Athena Chrysanthou has posted a 4-1 mark in MVC action. Junior Summer Brills, who is the team’s top singles player, leads Drake with an 11-4 record and has gone 7-2 in her last 10 matches. Fellow junior Tess Herder holds a 10-3 record, while sophomore Joely Lomas has a 10-4 mark. Evansville comes to Des Moines with a 14-13 overall record and is tied with Southern Illinois with a 3-2 MVC mark. In the Purple Aces last time out, they swept Missouri State, 7-0, on April 14. Diana Tkachenko leads the team with a 20-6 singles record, while Andrea Pascual-Larri is the only other player with a winning record with a 15-8 mark.center_img Following this weekend’s matches, the Bulldogs travel to Normal, Ill. for the MVC Championship on April 28-30. Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs head into the final weekend with a 10-8 overall record and a 2-3 conference mark. Drake split its matches last weekend with a 4-3 win at Bradley and 4-3 setback at Illinois State.last_img read more

Letterkenny Gaels out to prove they’re ‘the Real McCoy’!

first_imgLetterkenny Gaels GAA Club this week announced an eight night run of the Tommy Marren comedy play, It’s the Real McCoy at the club room at Pairc na nGael, Thorn Road, Letterkenny. The cast and crew of last year’s sell out production of Widows’ Paradise return to perform another hilarious comedy that promises not to disappoint.It’s the Real McCoy was written by Tubbercurry native Tommy Marren and is set in rural Ireland in the mid 1960s. Its main character Madge Mulloy, played by Celine Bradley, has spent over 40 years in despair following the disappearance of her husband for no reason.Madge’s only child Maura, played by Bernie Frain, is being pursued by the local postman, Martin Daly, played by Gary Coll. Father and Son duo Noel and Brian Sweeney return to the stage as Madge’s estranged husband Martin Molloy and the local priest Fr. Michael McCoy respectively.The cast is completed by Bridgeen Carr and Sheila Sweeney who play the nosy pair of Nora and Cora O’Hora. This three act comedy will treat audiences to plenty of laughter, suspense and drama.The hard working cast and crew have been practicing three nights a week for the last number of months under the guidance of director Paddy O’Connor. Club member Paddy O’Connor has over 20 years experience directing plays, musicals and pantomimes. Paddy said “It’s great to be back again after the success of last year’s show”. “We’re delighted to be putting on a play written by a playwright from the North West”. “It’s the Real McCoy is one of the funniest plays I have ever worked on and audiences will love it”. “We have an excellent cast and the support from the club committee has been excellent”.This hilarious comedy will run for 8 nights over two weekends from Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th and Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd October in the Letterkenny Gaels Club room on Thorn Road.Tickets can be bought at the Arena 7, George Sweeney’s Shop, Swilly Group Office on Business Park Road, from members of the cast or Letterkenny Gaels committee members. Contact Conor Crossan (087) 133 2680 for ticket information.Letterkenny Gaels out to prove they’re ‘the Real McCoy’! was last modified: October 11th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more