Domantas Sabonis sharp again at MSG as Pacers beat Knicks

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sabonis had 22 points and 15 rebounds to cap his sizzling season at Madison Square Garden, and Indiana bounced back from its worst performance of 2018-19 by beating the New York Knicks 121-106 on Friday night.Victor Oladipo added 19 points for the Pacers, who finished 3-2 on their longest trip of the season. They yielded season highs of 135 points and 56.8 percent shooting in their 27-point loss in Boston, and spent two days talking about finishing strong.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Even though we were 2-2 we felt like we hadn’t played our best basketball,” Oladipo said, “and I think we came out today with a chip on our shoulder and we did a great job of using that intensity and that edge and going out there and playing with that chip.”And with energy and anger. Oladipo threw down a dunk over Mario Hezonja, and Sabonis and Bojan Bogdanovic both had powerful slams in the first half. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil STOMACH SICKNESS?Kanter posted a video of his “cheat day” meal on Wednesday, with seven burgers and a plate of fries on the table in front of him. He then missed practice Thursday and the game Friday because of illness, leading to speculation that he had ate himself sick. But Fizdale thought there was no way Kanter actually ate all that food.“The guy walks around with his shirt off all day in the locker room. There’s no way he’s stuffing seven burgers down his face. I just don’t see that,” Fizdale said. “I think sometimes people take the ‘gram too seriously.”UP NEXTPacers: Host Phoenix on Tuesday.Knicks: Host Philadelphia on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sabonis shot 9 for 14 from the field to finish 21 of 26 this season in two games in New York. Playing as a reserve, he made all 12 shots and tied his career high with 30 points when the Pacers won here on Halloween.Starting this time with Myles Turner out of the lineup, he led six players in double figures as Indiana shot 52 percent. He couldn’t explain why he is so good in New York.“I treat every game the same way,” he said. “Come out, my teammates do a great job of finding me and I just try to do my job.”Bogdanovic had 15 points.Emmanuel Mudiay scored 21 points for the Knicks, back from a lengthy, six-game road trip and playing their first game at Madison Square Garden since Christmas. They lost their seventh straight at home.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis reaches for a loose ball during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Pacers won 121-106. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — Beaten badly in Boston, the Indiana Pacers shifted their energy to finishing their road trip with a winning record.It helped that it ended in a building where Domantas Sabonis barely misses.ADVERTISEMENT Hawks pounce on Jimmy Butler’s miscues, stun 76ers on John Collins’ late jumper MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It felt good to play here,” rookie Kevin Knox said. “Not the result we wanted, but it felt good to finally be back at Madison Square Garden.”New York battled back from 13 down to take the lead on Tim Hardaway Jr.’s second straight 3-pointer, but with the game tied, Indiana scored the final 12 points, with Oladipo hitting consecutive 3-pointers, to make it 64-52 at halftime.Bogdanovic then opened and closed a 16-7 spurt out of the locker room with 3-pointers to open an 80-59 cushion.Hardaway played just a minute of the fourth quarter before leaving for good because he was cramping. He said he expected to be fine.TIP-INSPacers: Turner has a sore right shoulder. … The Pacers have won the last five meetings.Knicks: New York played without Enes Kanter (illness), Frank Ntilikina (sprained left ankle) and Mitchell Robinson (sprained left ankle). … Knox was presented with the Eastern Conference rookie of the month award for December before the game. … The Knicks celebrated Croatian heritage night. Hezonja and Bogdanovic are Croatian, with Bogdanovic the leading scorer in the 2016 Olympics with 25.3 points per game.PORZINGIS PROGRESSKnicks coach David Fizdale said the team is leaning toward leaving Kristaps Porzingis home next week when the Knicks travel to London to play Washington, believing that is better for the All-Star forward’s rehabilitation from his torn ACL than traveling. Fizdale said he spoke Friday with Porzingis, who is scheduled to be re-evaluated in about a month. He said Porzingis’ spirits were positive.“Obviously he misses playing, that part has been hard,” Fizdale said, “but he’s starting to get stronger, so he’s feeling better. And he seems to be in a really good place.”last_img read more

FDA Embraces Partners’ Supports, Opens 5-Day Seminar on Public Communications

first_imgThe Management of the Forestry Development (FDA) has embraced efforts by its partners, particularly the Voluntary Partnership Agreement Support Unit (VPASU) for their intervention to improve the sector thereby sustainably managing the forest.FDA Managing Director, Harrison S. Karnwea, Sr., gave the commendation yesterday in Monrovia when he formally announced a five-day initial opening of the Public Communications and Outreach Commitments and training workshop.“The FDA extends gratitude to its partner, the VPASU for the level of support it continues to render, and it embraces all efforts by them to improve the sector sustainably manage the forest,” Mr. Karnwea emphasized.According to him, the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), though focuses on ensuring the improvement of Forest Governance, it is also engaged in strengthening the FDA’s internal capacity, particularly, the Public Relations Department and staff in other departments who engage in public outreach and education.The exercise is to strengthen the FDA internal capacity to better serve the public’s information needs.It is an important step forward in ensuring that the public understands and supports the management’s efforts. It is based on this that the FDA commenced a ‘robust skills development program’ for its newly branded communication department.  The VPA is a bilateral agreement between the Liberian Government (GOL) and the European Union (EU) which was signed and ratified by Liberia on December 1, 2013.To have a transparent and legal Forest Management System, the GOL through the FDA negotiated a VPA with the EU in 2006, and it took effect in December last year.This process has since been participatory by Liberian Government officials, CSOs, Media, and representatives of communities nationwide. The process is to transform the lives of people, their affected communities, etc.Importantly, the VPA addresses the problem of ‘illegal logging activities; promotes sustainable forest management; guarantee timber products access to European markets, and ensures legal logging activities in the country.’The five-day training workshop which began yesterday is supported by the VPASU and funded by the British Government through the Department for International Development (DFID) and the EU. It is expected to end on Friday, June 20.“FDA knows it has to increase the communication and public outreach to the general public who largely do not know,” Mr. Karnwea said.According to Mr. Karnwea, the FDA is also determined to strengthen and rebuild its relationship with the public including the civil society organizations (CSOs) as the valuable partners as well as the private sector and other government ministries and agencies that are largely the beneficiaries of the forest.While the five-day training workshop intends to build the capacity of the Public Relations Department and other staff at the FDA, the entity demonstrates its commitment at the same time to improving her public communications and outreach strategies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Social Protection Ministry awaits report before acting on NOC breakout

first_img– claims it’s clueless at this pointInvestigations into the breakout at the New Opportunity Corps at Onderneeming Village, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are still ongoing and at this point, the Social Protection Ministry is still to determine what went wrong.Social Protection Minister Amna AllyAccording to the Ministry, it is only when these investigations have concluded that measures can be implemented to correct this situation as well as prevent a recurrence.Guyana Times was told that a report on the incident where the 24 juveniles escaped from the facility on Saturday last is expected to be completed by Friday and shortly after it will be presented to Social Protection Minister Amna Ally for guidance on the way forward.Meanwhile, the police are still conducting their investigations into the matter as well.The juvenile offenders made good their escape on Saturday around 19:30h after climbing down from the southern window in their dormitory. Some juvenile offenders then climbed over a fence and made a dash for freedom while another group used the koker entrance which is currently dried as a result of the dry season. Of the 24 escapees, there were 17 males and seven females.Although the facility is equipped with security officers, the teen offenders managed to outsmart them.Meanwhile, police have since said that investigations revealed that the females opened a southern door in their dormitory and tied five sheets together then threw the knotted sheets over the western fence of the compound in order to escape.Police in G Division (Essequibo Coast-Islands) have since managed to recapture 16 of the escapees with a few of them voluntarily returning to the facility. Several others are still on the run. Police are seeking the assistance of the public in recapturing the others.A section of the NOC compound, Region TwoIn November 2018, a search was launched for five female juvenile offenders who escaped from the facility.That incident followed a number of other incidents wherein inmates tried to flee the holding facility. On October 18, a 17-year-old juvenile offender from New Amsterdam, Berbice, pushed down a social service assistant and escaped.The teen was sent to the juvenile correctional facility to serve a three-year sentence on a charge of break-and-enter and larceny.Reports are that the teen was being escorted back to his dorm when he pushed the 61-year-old social service assistant to the ground and ran west, out of the compound and into an area covered with high vegetation and made good his escape.Meanwhile, a few weeks prior to that incident, 13 persons managed to escape from the facility in another such incident. This publication understands that 10 of the teens escaped on September 27, 2018, and the other three escaped on September 28, 2018.The juveniles had completed some chores in the compound of the facility after which they started to run towards the western side of the premises which is not fenced.Since the coalition Government came into power, responsibility for the NOC has been assigned to the Social Protection Ministry.last_img read more

Region 4 records 650 HIV cases in 2017

first_imgRegion Four (Demerara-Mahaica) has recorded the highest number of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) cases for 2017.The stunning figures were displayed during the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) consultation for Faith Leaders, hosted at the Marriott Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown on Thursday. The two-day PANCAP consultation is being hosted with the intent of developing an action plan to eliminate AIDS by the year 2030.According to statistics presented, Region Four has recorded the highest number of HIV cases in 2017. This was, however, just one of the disappointing and shockingMinister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr. Karen Cummingsrevelations made, as the country has also seen an overall increase in HIV cases, owing to the fact that 705 were recorded in 2015, 855 in 2016, and a whopping 961 cases were confirmed in 2017.Region Four has since earned the title of the region that is most populated with HIV affected persons due to the fact that it is evidently the most populated region in the country.Trailing Region Four was Region Three, Essequibo Islands-West Demerara, with 130 cases of HIV in 2017.For the same year, Region Eight, Potaro-Siparuni, was documented as the Region with the least number of cases, since a mere three persons were diagnosed with the virus there.Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings, has said there are many gaps in AIDS responses, which deserve some attention.She said, “There are still major gaps in the AIDS response, and then there are barriers that still stop people from accessing quality health care services. Too often, stigma and discrimination prevent people from accessing the much-needed health care…this situation needs to be promptly addressed, in order to ensure equitable and equal access to treatment is universal among those living with HIV”.The Minister went on to encourage the use of treatment, as she noted that neither HIV nor AIDS is a death sentence.“HIV is no longer a death sentence. When the HIV outbreak first began, (the disease) most individuals developed in about eight to 10 years, and once persons were diagnosed with AIDS, he or she had a two year life expectancy…HIV is no longer a terminal illness we describe it as a chronic, manageable disease,” Cummings added.The Health Minister took the opportunity to encourage the religious leaders to continue working together as they seek to develop solutions to reduce the spread of the virus.The two-day consultation with Guyana’s national faith leaders will conclude today.The initiative is part of a series of engagements with faith leaders in Guyana under the PANCAP Justice for All (JFA) programme.Over the two days of the session, the 40 participants would propose solutions for resolving the challenges in developing a viable faith leaders’ network, and focus on how and what can be done to end AIDS.last_img read more

Jumbo landfill collects 3 votes

first_img“It’s a sad commentary for the citizens of Granada Hills and the San Fernando Valley, but at least there is a closure date now,” said Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who represents the Valley and had urged colleagues to reject the deal entirely. But, he added, “the county has more stringent regulations than the the city of Los Angeles so the county will enforce stronger oversight.” The supervisors had granted preliminary approval to the merger last June to allow BFI to run the side-by-side landfills – one in the county outside city limits, the other in Granada Hills – as a single operation. Neighborhood activists had worried that the merger could draw tons of unwanted trash from outside the county, but that provision was not included in the final conditional-use permit. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who represents the Valley and also opposed the deal, said he was disappointed that the dump couldn’t be closed in 20 years. “I’m disappointed the county did not put tougher conditions on BFI,” Yaroslavsky said. “We want alternative fuel for dump trucks to be a serious and credible condition. It’s not. It has an escape clause. “The loophole is big enough to drive a truck through. All this was designed to limit environmental damage in the Granada Hills area. But BFI was able to get a longer period of time and less protections.” But BFI Project Director David Edwards noted that the permit contains 83 conditions. “We have worked through the previous proposed conditions and implemented, … through a very rigorous process, those conditions considered to be more protective of the environment and community,” Edwards said. Conditions include installing a double-liner in new landfill cells and video monitors to ensure that BFI is complying with the conditions. BFI is also required to pay for an independent consultant to monitor the company’s compliance with the permit conditions. “BFI pays for them, but we manage them,” said Paul Novak, planning deputy for Antonovich. “It’s really just one more enforcement mechanism. We have our own staff who are watching the landfill. And we’ll have this consultant out there who will file reports with us.” City Councilman Greig Smith said he was pleased that BFI won’t be able to accept trash from outside the region. And Smith said the city will issue a request for proposals next week to build L.A.’s first commercial-scale facility using technology to convert trash into products or energy. “There are five different technologies,” Smith said. “We are not saying which one we’ll choose yet. … It’s the future of America, and we hope to be one of the first cities out there doing it, if not the first city doing it at a major commercial-size facility.” (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The controversial Sunshine Canyon Landfill in Granada Hills will become one of the nation’s largest dumps under a plan approved Tuesday by county officials that allows it to stay open for 30 more years and doubles the amount of trash it can take in daily. The plan, narrowly passed 3-2 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, formally merges the city and county portions of the landfill into a single 1,528-acre mega-dump. The supervisors doubled the amount of trash the landfill can accept daily – from 6,000 tons to 12,000 tons. Landfill operator Browning Ferris Industries had sought approval to bring in trash from outside the region, but county officials rejected that request and also imposed some new restrictions on the landfill operator. last_img read more

Victim of accident south of Taylor identified as Forest Grove resident

first_imgHe was transported by ambulance to the Fort St. John Hospital, but was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival. His family has been notified.Jones’ death is still under investigation, but initial police reports indicated he was attempting to pass a tractor trailer unit when he was hit by a third vehicle travelling in the opposite direction. The highway was closed for almost 6 hours for the investigation and accident clean up.- Advertisement –last_img

Five things we learned in European football this weekend

first_img‘Just the beginning’ for Ronaldo at JuventusCristiano Ronaldo warned it “was just the beginning” after winning Serie A in his first season in Italy, as Juventus claimed an eighth consecutive Scudetto and the 35th in their history.“Proud to help write the story of an exceptional club that has strongly wanted me and for which I am honoured to play,” the 34-year-old said on social media.“We dominated a difficult championship, we fought, all together. We are a strong and extraordinary group. And this is just the beginning. Great Juve.”It was Ronaldo’s sixth domestic league title, having won three with Manchester United and two with Real Madrid, as he becomes the first player to win in each of Europe’s top three leagues — the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A.Juventus remain on track to match the record 102 points achieved in 2014 under Antonio Conte after securing the title at the third time of asking.PSG big guns ready for Cup finalNeymar returned to help PSG wrap up the Ligue 1 title © AFP / FRANCK FIFEParis Saint-Germain finally wrapped up their sixth Ligue 1 title in seven seasons on Saturday as their star players returned ahead of the French Cup final against Rennes.Thomas Tuchel’s men will attempt to complete the domestic double at the Stade de France next Saturday and atone slightly for the disappointment of their shock Champions League exit to Manchester United.Neymar returned as a half-time substitute after a long spell out with injury on Sunday as Monaco were swatted aside 3-1, while Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick having been absent from the midweek loss at Nantes.The third member of that attacking triumvirate, Edinson Cavani, was also back as a sub.However, having struggled with a three-game winless run before the Monaco victory, PSG will know they have to strengthen their squad in the close season to compete both at home and abroad next term.Barca can turn focus to EuropeBarca’s win over Real Sociedad edged them closer to the La Liga title © AFP / PAU BARRENABarcelona could win the title this week after a 2-1 victory over Real Sociedad on Saturday put them within touching distance of their eighth La Liga triumph in 11 years.Beating Alaves on Tuesday will be enough if Atletico Madrid lose to Valencia on Wednesday while if Atletico prevail over Valencia, Barca’s success will be confirmed on Saturday with a win at home to Levante.Goals from Clement Lenglet and Jordi Alba did the job against La Real and the reward for winning the league early could be the chance to focus completely on the Champions League, with their semi-final against Liverpool to come.Real Madrid have long been able to concentrate on La Liga but remain 13 points adrift of Barcelona, despite Karim Benzema continuing his own brilliant run of form by scoring a hat-trick in a 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, when Gareth Bale was again whistled by his own fans.Reus revives Dortmund hopeReus kept Dortmund dreaming of pipping Bayern to the Bundesliga trophy © AFP / THOMAS KIENZLEMarco Reus’ superb performance against Freiburg on Sunday gave Borussia Dortmund fresh hope of stealing ahead of Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga title race.While Bayern toiled to a 1-0 home win against Bremen on Saturday, Dortmund returned to their free-scoring best with a 4-0 win in Freiburg the next day.Dortmund’s title bid had looked wobbly of late after a 5-0 defeat by Bayern and a nervy win over Mainz.Reus himself had not scored in four games, but returned to his best form with a goal and two assists against Freiburg.The win keeps Dortmund just a point behind Bayern with four games to go, and also provides a timely confidence boost ahead of next weekend’s derby against Schalke.“We still believe we can be champions and we want to keep the pressure on Bayern until the very end,” Reus told Sky on Sunday.Ajax young guns turn to old handHuntelaar came off the bench to keep Ajax in control of the Dutch title race © ANP/AFP / Olaf KRAAKAjax’s much-vaunted young side were rescued by veteran striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on Saturday as Erik ten Hag’s side managed to stay ahead of PSV Eindhoven at the top of the Dutch Eredivisie on goal difference.With the four-time European champions perhaps struggling with a slight hangover from their magnificent Champions League quarter-final victory over Juventus, the 35-year-old Huntelaar came off the bench to score a 78th-minute winner in a 1-0 win at Groningen.Huntelaar was later sent off, but it mattered little as his side kept their hopes of a stunning double in their own hands.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ronaldo helped Juventus secure an eighth successive Serie A title © AFP / Marco BertorelloPARIS, France, Apr 22 – Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain belatedly wrapped up the Italian and French titles respectively, while Neymar returned to action and a nail-biting championship race remained in the balance.Here, AFP Sport takes a look at five main talking points from the weekend in European football:last_img read more

Do this in January and Spurs continue marching on to UCL football?

first_img Get rid of Federico Fazio – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see four other things Tottenham must do to push on in after January – Toby Alderweireld has established a good partnership with Jan Vertonghen in defence and Federico Fazio is now fourth choice centre-back, with Kevin Wimmer ahead of him. Fazio made many Spurs fans wince when he played against Arsenal in the League Cup defeat and the 28-year-old is likely to be sold if someone offers some good money. Get the best out of Nacer Chadli – Chadli appears to be playing within himself this season and Tottenham fans are not seeing him at his best. Last season he scored 11 Premier League goals, including vital ones against Chelsea and Arsenal. This season he has one goal but has not been helped by injuries. If Chadli doesn’t look like finding his feet this term, then another winger is likely to be on Pochettino’s shopping list. 5 5 Maintain the unity forged under Pochettino – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see four other things Tottenham must do to push on in after January – Team spirit appears to be good at Tottenham. Pochettino got rid of the troublesome Emmanuel Adebayor, but he is still having to lay down the law to some players. Andros Townsend was recently dropped from first-team duties for his public spat with coach Nathan Gardiner and that could see the winger either sent on loan or sold in January. A happy camp is crucial. 5 Buy a better back up goalkeeper? – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see four other things Tottenham must do to push on in after January – Anyone filling in for the brilliant Hugo Lloris, has a lot to live up to. The France ace is one of the best goalkeepers in football and very popular among fans and for some at White Hart Lane, his understudy, Michel Vorm, makes them nervous when playing. His FA Cup howler saw Leicester progress in the FA Cup at Spurs’ expense last season, he let a Gareth Bale shot slip through his grasp in pre-season, while he recently palmed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shot into the path of Mathieu Flamini in the League Cup loss to Arsenal. Better back-up needed? Tottenham are in form at the moment, but supporters will not be getting carried away yet.The club have only lost once so far in the Premier League and some observers have tipped them to break into the top four and secure a return to the Champions League.FRIEDEL: SPURS HAVE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO END CHAMPIONS LEAGUE HUNTHere, talkSPORT looks at five things the club can do to push on after the January transfer window has closed/slammed shut.SUPER COMPUTER: FINAL LEAGUE TABLE PREDICTED 5 5 Back Pochettino in January – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see four other things Tottenham must do to push on in the New Year – Tottenham fans may not be getting carried away just yet, however, under manager Mauricio Pochettino the team has developed into a solid and consistent side. The White Hart Lane faithful have had to be patient, but it looks like there is a side capable of challenging for a Champions League spot. If the manager is backed in the January transfer window, an additional striker could be bought, so Spurs can fight in the cup competitions and not rely so much on Harry Kane to score in every game. Maybe that will help Spurs “kill” games, as Pochettino said they should have done when 1-0 up against Arsenal. last_img read more

Project lawsuit almost resolved

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“It is involving potential litigation and potentially the sale and purchase of property,” said Interim City Manager Adolfo Reta. The city along with developer Magnus Sunhill have acquired almost all the property needed to move forward with the large scale development project. But development has been stalled since a series of lawsuits were filed. The city filed an eminent domain lawsuit in October against property owners Pin Zu Wu and V.H.D. Investment. V.H.D. investment, Wu, and Bill Chang, who owns the apartments at 150 S. Garfield Ave., filed an open-meeting lawsuit saying the city authorized eminent domain without properly notifying the public. In January, Wu and V.H.D. Investment filed a separate lawsuit against the city for allegedly violating the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act. Calls to Wu’s attorney, Robert Silverstein, were not returned. Once the lawsuits are out of the way, progress can be made on the development. “At this point, they have only one more property to go,” said economic development director Margarita Cruz. Ultimately, the project will consist of 109 condominiums and nearly 71,000 square feet of commercial space. Ray Wan, the project manager for developer Magnus Sunhill, said retail interest has been significant. The location, Wan added, is “great.” “It is in the heart of downtown,” Wan said. The project will feature restaurants, stores and condos. If the project continues, 16 families who now live in apartments, and 11 business owners will need to be relocated. The city has developed a relocation plan, which was released in March. The total relocation cost is projected at $2 million, which will be paid for by the developer, Magnus Sunhill Group, who has so far negotiated with three of five property owners. This is the second significant mixed-use project in the city. The Atlantic Times Square, slated to be open 2009, is currently under construction, Cruz said. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEREY PARK – A lawsuit that has stalled a multi-million dollar redevelopment project is on the brink of being settled, officials said. The Monterey Park City Council at a special meeting today will discuss negotiations about the last remaining property that needs to be acquired before moving forward with the Monterey Park Towne Centre. The two-acre, $38 million redevelopment project will be built at the southeast corner of Garvey and Garfield avenues. City officials would not elaborate on the specifics of the negotiations. last_img read more

Police link theft, vandalism clues to rape suspect

first_imgSAN FERNANDO – Richard Ruelas allegedly almost got away with rape, but police said his fondness for graffiti and ladies’ fashion magazines landed him in jail. San Fernando police arrested the 22-year-old Sunday evening after a bizarre string of weekend crimes. He confessed to all the charges within an hour, police said. “His past history has been nonviolent – drunk driving on a bicycle, vandalism, some marijuana when he was younger,” Detective Anthony Vairo said. “Unfortunately, he graduated to the big leagues in a big way.” Around 4:45 a.m. Saturday, police received a call from a man who’d been talking to a friend who was on her way home from a party. She suddenly screamed and the line went dead. The caller, then the police dispatcher, tried reaching the woman, to no avail. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAfter police tracked her down at home several hours later, she reported a man had attacked her near Celis Street and San Fernando Road. He dragged her into some bushes and raped her, she told police. Major crimes rarely occur in this 2.4-square-mile town, and rape is one of the least common. SFPD has logged just two this year. As officers investigated the scene, they discovered copies of Cosmo Girl and other magazines scattered not far away. At the same time, dispatchers received a call of a burglary at a newsstand at 1240 Truman St., where the owner reported vandalism and the theft of several women’s glossies. At the bank next to the newsstand, someone had etched the name “Nobek” onto a bank window – a moniker used by Ruelas in a previous tagging arrest, police said. Officers recalled the name, pulled his mug shot and presented it to the victim. She identified him as the rapist, and detectives scrambled to get a warrant. Officers swarmed Ruelas’ home at 6 p.m. Sunday. “As officers were making their way in the front door, he was trying to make his way out the back,” said Sgt. Nichole Hanchett, who linked Ruelas to the earlier vandalism arrest. “My lieutenant stopped him at gunpoint, I hopped a couple fences and put the handcuffs on him. Walking him down the street to the car was quite gratifying.” Within an hour, Vairo and Detective Al Martinez were grilling Ruelas, who eventually broke down in tears. Vairo said he admitted everything. He faces charges of rape, assault, kidnapping, burglary and vandalism. “For sexual assault victims, the trauma keeps playing out far from the scene,” Hanchett said. “If the suspect’s not arrested, they’re going to wonder for the rest of their lives, `Is that him? Is that him?’ Now, she knows he’s going to get punished.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img