Cauley-Stein’s putback dunk lifts Kings past Pacers

first_imgIndiana continues to play without leading scorer Victor Oladipo, who missed his seventh straight game while recovering from a sore right knee.McDermott, Myles Turner and Thaddeus Young scored 14 apiece for Indiana.The Pacers trailed early in the fourth quarter then went ahead after Domantas Sabonis and Doug McDermott combined for 12 consecutive points capped by McDermott’s driving layup.Sacramento took over after that and outscored Indiana 8-3 while holding the Pacers to 1 of 9 shooting down the stretch“There were some stretches where some things didn’t go well for us, made some mistakes, but we kept coming and we were relentless,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “We got some stops at the end, which was critical.”TIP-INSPacers: Former Kings first-round draft pick Tyreke Evans had 12 points and four assists while starting in place of Oladipo. … Indiana hadn’t lost to Sacramento since Jan. 23, 2016. . The Pacers had a season-high 24 turnovers, six in the fourth quarter.Kings: Rookie Marvin Bagley III missed his first game of the season because of back spasms. The second overall pick is averaging 13 points and 6.8 rebounds while coming off the bench in Sacramento’s first 21 games. … Hield and Iman Shumpert were both called for technical fouls. … Kosta Koufas had seven rebounds in 15 minutes in his return after missing eight games with a calf strain.IT’S NOT SMITH VS. SMITHBogdan Bogdanovic is from Belgrade, Serbia, and Bojan Bogdanovic is from Mostar, Croatia. and the two are not related. 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield, left, and Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner scramble for the ball during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings have already established themselves as a fairly solid offensive team this season with their quick-paced scoring attack.Every now and then, they show signs of being pretty good on defense, too.ADVERTISEMENT Castro back for Gilas Pilipinas in crucial duel vs Iran Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Willie Cauley-Stein scored on a putback dunk with 16.1 seconds left, Sacramento held Indiana to one bucket over the final 3 minutes and the Kings held on to beat the Pacers 111-110 on Saturday night.“At the end of the game we were able get the stops that we needed, Willie made a big play and we got another stop,” Kings guard De’Aaron Fox said. “That’s all it comes down to. When we’re able to buckle down and get stops when we need them, we put ourselves in pretty good shape.”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 ChrissBogdan Bogdanovic had 20 points and Cauley-Stein finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds to help the Kings end a four-game losing streak to the Pacers. Buddy Hield added 18 points, five rebounds and four assists.Both teams exchanged leads throughout the game until Sacramento closed the fourth quarter on an 8-3 run capped by Cauley-Stein’s dunk. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Both wound up having big games.“He won in points, I won the game,” Bogdan Bogdanovic joked afterward. “Both of the Bogdanovic’s are great players. We are just different. He is a better scorer, I am more about getting my players (going) and getting better plays.”UP NEXTPacers: Return to Indiana to host Dallas on Tuesday.Kings: Begin a four-game road trip at Phoenix on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Darren Collison made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:12 remaining to put Indiana up 110-107. Fox followed with a steal and layup to pull Sacramento within one. After a turnover, Fox missed a short jumper that Cauley-Stein caught and jammed back in for the game-winner.“I just trusted the play,” Cauley-Stein said. “Shaking through gave me that position on the back side to where I was able to make a play on a missed shot. I thought it was going in, to be real. It was one of those things where I need this, we need this.”Indiana had multiple chances to win but Bojan Bogdanovic and Collison both missed jumpers in the final 15 seconds.“We turned the ball over way too much,” Collison said. “We didn’t necessarily keep things simple. We have to be precise in everything you do. You have to be strong with the ball and it’s something we didn’t do, including myself.”Bojan Bogdanovic had a season-high 27 points for the Pacers. Collison added 11 points and 12 assists.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Ready or not: Govt eyes year-end deadline for regional flags

first_imgCentral Government has given regions until this year end to conclude consultations, raise whatever issues they may have and suggest alternatives, after which the flags for each region will be adopted.This was communicated by Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan on the sidelines of an event on Friday. Bulkan informed Guyana Times that Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) has indicated acceptance of the proposed renaming as Rupununi.“It is part and parcel of a menu of measures that will allow for personal identification with our regions and to foster pride. There is a great degree of push back on the part of a number of our Regional Democratic Councils, in relation to this initiative of the Central Government. As it relates to the renaming of our regions, it arises from recognition by the Administration that our regions continue to be referred to as a number and not their names.”“The reason for this, is it is considered that the names of our regions are too long and probably a shorter name will lend to it being more user friendly. Again, the rationale is it is difficult for humans to form an emotional attachment with a number. So we feel that for regional empowerment and pride, persons need to refer to their regions by a name and not a number.”Bulkan explained that it was a matter of regional pride. According to the Minister, citizens cannot form emotional connections… with numbers. Asked for an update on the consultations that were supposed to be carried out, he noted that other regions will need time, when it comes to both a name change and a flag.“They do have a little bit more time. We’re giving them up to the end of this year, because specimens of each of the regional flags have been given to the regions. In the absence of their proposing or suggesting an alternative, in all likelihood we will proceed in the near future with adopting those flags as the regional flags.”Back in 2016, a decision to give each region its own flag was announced by the Government. At the time, it was noted that the initiative was part of a wider effort to promote the decentralisation of the 10 regions.The proposal has met with stout resistance from some regional officials. There have also been delays in holding consultations on the proposal.In addition, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) was not enamoured with the idea.The Party had declared that the Golden Arrowhead is the constitutional flag of Guyana, adding that any other flag imposed will be contrary to the country’s Constitution. In addition, the party had noted that most residents would prefer jobs, enhanced public security, money in their pockets, better roads, improved potable water supply and efficient garbage collection over flags.“Rather than seeking to change things that obtained under the PPP/C and to make things look different under the (A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change) APNU/AFC, the Granger coalition Administration should change their racial and political discriminatory and witch-hunting practices, as well as their wasteful spending and focus on improving the economic and social well-being of all Guyanese,” the party had stated.last_img read more

High Desert Corridor could ease commute

first_img“They would prefer not to drive through Los Angeles freeway traffic, as well as the rest of us, if they could avoid it,” Haueter said. Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties have formed a joint powers authority to work on planning the project. A project study report from the California Department of Transportation estimates that the corridor project would cost $2.5 billion, plus $75 million for environmental studies and the approval process. Eventually, the corridor could be extended all the way to Interstate 5 around Gorman, Haueter said. The I-5 is a major north-south corridor for goods movement, going all the way north along the western fringe of the United States to the Canadian border and south to Mexico. The I-15 also touches the northern and southern borders, passing through Las Vegas and Arizona, Utah, Idaho and Montana. Now truckers and other drivers crossing between the I-5 and the I-15 often avoid state Route 138, because it does not have enough lanes, said Michael Cano, a deputy to county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Instead, they cross over onto the Foothill or the San Bernardino freeways, both in the Los Angeles Basin. “What you basically have is a missing link in the national infrastructure for goods moving by truck,” Cano said. On the I-5 at the Foothill Freeway, a point many Santa Clarita residents cross on the way to work, about 260,000 vehicles pass a day, including 21,300 trucks, according to Caltrans. It is unclear how many of those trucks would be diverted by the High Desert Corridor. North of that crossing is a choke point that has long aggravated Santa Clarita residents heading south in the morning. There are no truck lanes on the southbound I-5 in the southern part of the valley until the top of the Newhall Pass. “(Residents) oftentimes find themselves heading up the Newhall Pass, and at least two lanes are blocked by semis, if not three lanes,” Haueter said. Keeping trucks to a right-side lane would help, but so would the High Desert Corridor if it could reduce the number of trucks passing through the Newhall Pass. “Trucks are important to bringing goods into the Santa Clarita Valley, and obviously that’s what you have to have,” Cano said. “What we’re … focusing on is how do you get trucks that don’t need to be there out of the area, and that’s why we’re creating the High Desert Corridor.” (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – An expressway planned for the Antelope Valley could take some pressure off Santa Clarita Valley freeways, easing the commute for residents. The High Desert Corridor would go between the Antelope Valley Freeway and Interstate 15, although officials do not expect a public hearing on the project to happen until 2011. One of the goals of the corridor is to allow trucks that need to cross over to I-15 to bypass the traffic-choked Los Angeles Basin. That would free up lanes for the 50 percent of Santa Clarita residents who commute outside the valley, mainly southbound, for work. Many truckers heading south through northern Los Angeles County need to cross over to the I-15 to get to Arizona or the San Diego area, said Bob Haueter, district director for U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita. last_img read more

Crowds smaller, but immigrants’ cry big

first_img“There are 600,000 women in danger of deportation with 3.3 million children, and we want those united,” he said. Officials attributed the decline in the number of marchers to a number of issues: Absence of threatening legislation such as last year’s ill-fated congressional bill that would have made felons of illegal immigrants; the passive roles taken this year by Spanish disc jockeys, who last year urged attendance at the marches; and warnings to students from school, city and religious leaders to stay in school – urging them to debate the issue in classrooms and not the streets. Marchers praised At City Hall, City Councilwoman Janice Hahn commended the marchers on their passion for a most important issue affecting their families. Then, impressing upon the crowd the importance of gaining citizenship and the right to vote, she said: “We’re going to elect a new president of the United States next year and `she’ may be the person to bring us together around the issue of immigration.” By midafternoon, many protesters joined a second march that had begun in the Third Street and Vermont Avenue area and moved to MacArthur Park for a late afternoon rally. “We can’t just come to rallies. We can’t just be in marches. We’ve got to call offices of Congress people,” Cardinal Roger Mahony told thousands of protesters gathered at the park. Mahony has been an outspoken advocate of the mostly Catholic Latino immigrant community. L.A. school officials reported that only a fraction of the 71,942 students who skipped classes last year missed classes Tuesday. Just 1,480 students were out Tuesday, they said. Even in smaller numbers, the marches again were a spectacle of urban politics – a gigantic peaceful demonstration amid a sea of flags and homemade signs; protesters tooted kazoos, chanted “S se puede!” and “USA!” while waving banners reading “Stop the Raids!” “Immigrants are the Backbone of America” and “We Are Americans, Too!” Among the most moving signs was one carried by 6-year-old Felicidad Torres: “I am an American. Please don’t deport mommy and daddy.” Felicidad’s father, Carlos Torres, is a construction worker who immigrated illegally to the United States from Mexico eight years ago. The next year, he met and married Felicidad’s mother, Concepci n Lara, an immigrant from El Salvador. Felicidad was born in L.A. the following year. “We pay our taxes. We contribute. We’re not on welfare,” said Lara, a maid for an American family on the Westside that gave her the day off to attend the march. “All we want (is) to not live in fear (of deportation), and to one day get our legal papers, maybe even our American citizenship.” Wearing white Like most of the marchers, Felicidad and her family wore white shirts and blouses to symbolize the peaceful nature of the demonstration. Last year’s marches and rallies, whipped up by nationally syndicated Spanish-language radio disc jockeys, met with some success in defusing a short-lived congressional proposal that would have made illegal entry to the country a felony. But this year, two disc jockeys changed their messages. Eduardo Sotelo, known as Piol n, launched a campaign to collect a million letters in support of immigration changes, promising to deliver those letters to Congress himself. Ren n Almend rez Coello, known as El Cucuy, began urging legal residents to become citizens and vote. “Last year’s march was a one-day, once-in-a-lifetime mobilization,” said Mike Garcia, president of Local 1877 of the Service Employees International Union in L.A. Others also said some momentum for this year’s protests softened in the wake of new immigration-reform legislation introduced in March by Reps. Luis V. Gutierrez, D-Ill., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., that actually includes citizenship for illegal immigrants. A similar bill is expected in the Senate soon. The Gutierrez-Flake bill calls for allowing millions of undocumented immigrants to become legal residents by leaving the country, then returning. It also allows illegals living in the United States as of June 1, 2006, to remain on six-year work visas. During that time, they must take English and civics lessons and pay a $2,000 fine and back taxes. Last Saturday, President George W. Bush urged Congress in his weekly radio address to come together on immigration, calling it “a critical challenge” before the nation. One of those who listened to – and praised – the president’s radio message was Salvadoran immigrant Juan Romero Mejias, who said he works three jobs so he can one day bring his wife and four children he left behind in his homeland. “I love this country and I, like so many others, have made my choice and am here today to make a statement,” he said. “We love this country, and the opportunities it offers people willing to work hard and sacrifice.” (818) 713-3761160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Thousands of white-shirted immigrants and their supporters marched through downtown Los Angeles and near MacArthur Park on Tuesday, calling for a far-reaching immigration policy that will allow undocumented workers to keep their families together in the United States. Carrying signs, banners and American and Mexican flags, a crowd much smaller than organizers or city officials anticipated took its May Day protest for immigrant workers’ rights to City Hall as part of a nationwide effort. The peaceful demonstrations erupted in chaos at the end of the day, when more than 200 police in riot gear began clearing protesters out of MacArthur Park. Witnesses and news reporters said that with little or no warning, police began firing rubber bullets into the crowd, which included children and families. Speaking to reporters late Tuesday, LAPD Chief William Bratton said 15 of his officers were struck by plastic bottles and other items thrown by a handful of protesters who were “clearly intent to cause a disturbance.” He said there was one arrest made, that the vast majority of protesters were peaceful and he would thoroughly examine reports that the LAPD’s response was excessive. “If officers behaved inappropriately, we will deal with that,” Bratton said. Fire officials said three people were taken to a nearby hospital and others were treated for minor injuries. Police estimated the day’s crowd at about 25,000, a far cry from last year, when two protests drew some 650,000 people and virtually shut down parts of L.A. Veteran Latino activist Javier Rodriguez, organizer of the downtown march, insisted the smaller numbers were insignificant to the overall national campaign of securing a path to citizenship for the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in America today. last_img

Scientist won Nobel for DNA work

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.A love of enzymes and science was passed on to one of Kornberg’s sons, Dr. Roger Kornberg, who won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work studying the enzymes that create RNA. A Brooklyn-native, Kornberg was born on March 3, 1918. He wrote several books, including a scientific memoir, For the Love of Enzymes: The Odyssey of a Biochemist, in 1989. His last book, due in bookstores Nov. 15, is a children’s book Germ Stories. PALO ALTO (AP) – Nobel Prize-winning scientist Dr. Arthur Kornberg, whose test-tube synthesis of DNA earned him the prize in 1959, died of respiratory failure Friday at Stanford Hospital, according to the university. He was 89. Kornberg, an active professor emeritus of biochemistry at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, shared the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine with Dr. Severo Ochoa of New York University. Kornberg discovered the chemical mechanism that demonstrated how DNA – the blueprint of heredity – gets constructed in the cell. Kornberg and Ochoa discovered new enzymes that created the genetic building blocks of DNA and RNA. Kornberg found and named what is known as DNA polymerase, which is responsible for assembling those building blocks. Their studies served as a precursor to genetic engineering, and have provided the basis for many drugs now in use to treat cancer and viral infections. The doctor often referred to his career as “a love affair with enzymes.” last_img read more

QBs hit by injuries in Pacific-10

first_imgAt the same time, opponents can switch up coverages and blitzes, hoping to force a mistake. When a quarterback makes a mistake, it can be costly. “It’s the most important position, that quarterback position,” said Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, a former star quarterback at Michigan. “You spend a lot of time training that guy. Keeping him healthy, putting him in a position to be successful and make plays for your offensive unit, all those things are critical. That’s a guy you don’t want to lose.” The Ducks have a capable backup, Brady Leaf, the brother of Ryan Leaf. But it’s hard to imagine they’d be contending for a national title without Dennis Dixon, a fleet-footed senior who has emerged as a Heisman Trophy contender. Dixon leads the conference in passing efficiency and is sixth in the country. Dixon has 16 touchdown passes and only three interceptions in 224 pass attempts. Carpenter, a junior, is second to Dixon in Pac-10 passing efficiency. He has thrown 17 touchdown passes against seven interceptions. If Carpenter can’t play Saturday, the Sun Devils will turn to sophomore Danny Sullivan, who has completed 11 of 14 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown in mop-up duty. “When you start getting into changing quarterbacks, it becomes – I don’t want to say a problem, but there’s just not the continuity when you have that guy that’s been there every day and has been your experienced leader,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. Just ask the Trojans, Golden Bears and Bruins. All three teams have had their seasons rocked by quarterback injuries. USC’s John David Booty, a fifth-year senior, had been playing inconsistently before he got hurt. But Booty’s season took a sharp turn down when he broke his finger in the second quarter of USC’s 24-23 loss to Stanford on Oct. 6. He threw four interceptions in the second half as the Cardinal stunned the Trojans. Booty has missed USC’s last three games. His replacement, third-year sophomore Mark Sanchez, has played capably at times, but he threw two interceptions in a 24-17 loss at Oregon last week. Booty practiced with the first team this week and could be back when the Trojans (6-2, 3-2) play Oregon State on Saturday in the Coliseum. “Very rarely are teams dominant enough that they can maintain the same level of play,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “It doesn’t mean you can’t win. But it’s hard to maintain the same level of play, or the other guy would have been the starting quarterback.” California (5-3, 2-3) rose to No. 2 the week after an emotional victory at Oregon on Sept. 29. But starting quarterback Nate Longshore sprained his ankle in that game, and Cal hasn’t won since. Longshore didn’t play in a 31-28 loss to Oregon State. The upset ended when his replacement, Kevin Riley, was tackled short of the goal line on the game’s final play, costing the Bears a chance to send the game into overtime. Longshore, still hobbling from the injury, has played in the last two games. Longshore has thrown five interceptions in those losses. UCLA (5-3, 4-1) was down to third-string quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson for most of a 20-6 loss to Notre Dame on Oct. 6 after starter Ben Olson went out with a knee injury; Patrick Cowan was sidelined already with a knee injury. Bethel-Thompson threw four interceptions against the Fighting Irish and lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. Cowan helped lead UCLA past California on Oct. 20 but was ineffective in a loss to last-place Washington State last week. The Ducks and the Sun Devils have yet to lose a game because of a quarterback injury. But ASU’s luck may have taken a turn last week, when Carpenter sprained his thumb handing off to tailback Keegan Herring in a 31-20 victory over Cal. “Quarterbacks always have a tough time staying healthy because teams really want to try and get after the quarterback and get as many hits on that person as they can,” Carpenter said. “I think for Dennis Dixon and I, we’ve been very fortunate to have a good offensive line protecting us and giving us a chance to stay healthy. “I think it also has to do with a little bit of luck as well.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.It’s turned into the Year of the Depth Chart. Injuries to starting quarterbacks at USC, California and UCLA have produced disastrous results. Meanwhile, No. 4 Oregon and sixth-ranked Arizona State have kept their quarterbacks healthy – so far – and that’s a big reason they’ve emerged from a jumbled race. It’s uncertain whether ASU’s starting quarterback, Rudy Carpenter, will be healthy enough to play Saturday. Carpenter sprained the thumb on his throwing hand last week, but Coach Dennis Erickson said Carpenter will play when the Sun Devils (8-0, 5-0 Pac-10) and Ducks (7-1, 4-1) meet in Eugene in the West Coast’s most anticipated game of the season. “Quarterback is huge that you stay healthy, because he’s the guy that runs the show,” Erickson said. “You better have a couple guys, but if you keep your first quarterback healthy, it makes a heck of a difference.” When a starting quarterback gets hurt, it can affect the entire offense. Receivers have to develop timing with a new thrower. Linemen have to learn whether the replacement will stay in the pocket or take off at the first sign of pressure. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Teams are hurt from the loss of their top quarterbacks. By Andrew Bagnato The Associated Press TEMPE, Ariz. – With eight of the top nine passers from last season returning, this was supposed to be the Year of the Quarterback in the Pacific-10 Conference. last_img read more

Mom in custody case leads chase

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The apparently drug-fueled odyssey began just after 9 a.m. Thursday in Littlerock, where Ramsey had been put unrestrained in the back seat of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department four-wheel-drive Ford Expedition by a deputy investigating a vehicle theft. Ramsey was able to get behind the wheel of the SUV and drive away, Jennings said. Jennings didn’t know how she got into the front seat; the back doors are locked on the inside and a metal barrier separates the back seat from the front seat. Jennings said he assumes she was able to crawl out a window or get the door open, because there seemed to be too little space for even a thin woman to get around the metal barrier. Sheriff’s officials will investigate how it happened. Once in the driver’s seat, Ramsey sped up 90th Street East and into Lancaster, where she spent nearly two hours driving from one side of the city to the other, often at 55 or 60 mph and, at least once, at more than 80 mph, deputies said. Manning a radio at the Palmdale sheriff’s station, Detective Mark Newlands spent the two hours trying to calm the woman down and convince her to pull over. He promised that if she gave up, she would be allowed to see her children. “I’m just trying to stop going to jail for nothing,” Ramsey told Newlands. “I didn’t know that friggin’ car was stolen.” As the stolen sheriff’s SUV traveled randomly around Lancaster, frequently running red lights, sheriff’s officials ordered deputies in patrol cars to drop back while a sheriff’s helicopter tracked the SUV from overhead. But whenever Ramsey spotted a patrol car behind her or passed one on the street, she screamed at Newlands that he lied to her about keeping deputies away. “The deputies don’t know where you’re going so they can’t get out of your way,” Newlands told her. When Newlands warned her that other motorists and children were in the neighborhoods she was driving through, Ramsey told him she didn’t intend to crash into anybody. “I’m doing 35 mph. I’m not going too fast. I know how to drive,” she said. Ramsey was on probation for forgery, methamphetamine possession and obstructing a peace officer, involving arrests last April, Jan. 18 and Feb. 3, Antelope Valley court records show. She most recently was released from jail Feb. 15. Ramsey was due at a hearing Thursday morning in Lancaster Juvenile Dependency Court, which oversees children removed from their homes because of suspected abuse or neglect. Los Angeles County Department of Children’s and Family Services officials said they couldn’t comment on the case. Sheriff’s officials said Ramsey’s mother is trying to get custody of the children. “I lost custody of my kids today and you guys kept me from being there,” Ramsey screamed at Newlands at one point over the police radio. Ramsey also wanted Newlands to find her boyfriend to talk to her, but said she didn’t want them to arrest him. The boyfriend is believed to be wanted on a warrant, Jennings said. “I don’t feel safe without him and I’m going to jail for a long, long, long time,” Ramsey said. Ramsey’s daughters were in school in Palmdale, but Newlands wouldn’t tell her that. “I don’t want you driving like a maniac to get there,” Newlands said. Ramsey also got angry at other motorists on Lancaster streets. “The stupid pedestrians. Not pedestrians, these motor vehicles, won’t get out of the way. They’re trying to stop me,” she said. “It looks like they’re trying to hit me.” Newlands told her that was just normal driving. Ramsey circled several times through the neighborhood around Monte Vista School, apparently hoping to see her boyfriend at a house she drove past repeatedly. On one of her circuits of the neighborhood, the SUV’s left rear tire was flattened by a spike strip set out by deputies who lay hidden in wait for her to return. A few minutes before the chase ended, Ramsey said she intended to drive to Lancaster City Park. But she ended up again in the Monte Vista neighborhood. She was followed by another motorist, who was taken into custody as well. Officials said the motorist was apparently planning to be a good Samaritan and try to stop her; they weren’t sure whether he would face criminal charges or just get a warning for interfering. Ramsey was apprehended after she stopped the SUV on 13th Street West about 11:15 a.m. Deputies quickly surrounded the vehicle and pulled her out at gunpoint. “All the police just came out to her car and were trying to get her out. … They dragged her out,” said witness Cheryl Snowder, who was driving her three sons in the family car when they were passed by the SUV seconds before the chase ended. The SUV came through the neighborhood as youngsters were leaving Monte Vista School, 11-year-old neighborhood resident Tiffany Peace said. “Everybody started screaming,” she said. Neighbors said deputies have previously made arrests at the house where Ramsey stopped, and they believe drug users hang out there. A young man watching deputies and news crews from the front yard of the house refused to speak to a reporter. “Step off. Step off,” he told the reporter, before shouting obscenities at a passer-by walking by with a Chihuahua on a leash. Staff writer Karen Maeshiro contributed to this story. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A woman upset about losing custody of her two daughters stole a sheriff’s SUV and spent two hours speeding through Lancaster, screaming and crying into the police radio that she wanted to see her children. Out of jail 15 days and on probation for forgery, methamphetamine possession and obstructing a peace officer, the woman was finally arrested when she stopped the sport utility vehicle outside a house – apparently hoping to see her boyfriend – and deputies surrounded the vehicle and pulled her out at gunpoint. “She was traveling at excessive speeds, going through red lights,” sheriff’s Deputy Dave Jennings said. “It’s a miracle she didn’t hit anybody.” Identified as Robyn Ramsey, 25, of Littlerock, the woman was expected to be booked on suspicion of auto theft, felony evading and possibly other charges, Jennings said. last_img read more

Palmdale school finance iffy

first_imgPALMDALE – County authorities continue to monitor finances in the Palmdale School District, whose officials projected that district budgets in the next two fiscal years will end with reserves below the required 3 percent. Indicating the district might not be able to meet its financial obligations over the next three years without spending cuts, school officials this month submitted a third “qualified” budget report since March to the Los Angeles County Office of Education. “We don’t have enough income to cover our expenses, but the … news has improved from last time. We are making good progress, but we are not yet where we need to be,” Deputy Superintendent Lori Ordway-Peck said last week. The district board adopted a general fund budget of $198 million for the 2005-06 fiscal year, with a projected reserve of about $5.1 million, just over the 3 percent level. Factors beyond local control complicate planning,” Epstein said. `We are not sure that the variables would match up in a positive way. We have to do further examination. The goal is to secure financial stability now and into the future.” County education officials last school year called for a third interim budget report from the district in June. For the first time, teacher contract talks have advanced from impasse to the fact-finding stage, which could lead to trustees’ unilaterally imposing a contract on teachers. A state mediator sent the negotiations to the next stage in July after he met with district representatives and union officials and found both sides still far apart on health benefits. In June, Palmdale teachers overwhelmingly voted to reject a proposed contract that offered no raise and opened the possibility that they would have to pay part of their health insurance premiums in 2007-08. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The next two fiscal years, however, are expected to end with reserves under 3 percent. The board in March cut nearly $5.7 million to help balance the current year’s budget and was looking to slash an additional $900,000, but further cuts became unnecessary when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger dropped his plan to shift responsibility for making payments into a teachers retirement fund onto the school districts. “The governor decided to pull that piece. We’d put that money aside, and money was there to address the deficit,” trustee Sheldon Epstein said. The budget shortfall could be affected by factors including student population growth, which could bring in more state revenue, and settlement with the teachers union on a contract, Ordway-Peck said. “Funding from the state is looking more positive, but it could go the other way,” Ordway-Peck said. “In January, we will have the governor’s budget proposal. That will frame the environment within which we will have to work.” last_img


first_imgSinn Fein Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the budget’s cut to the Single Parent Tax Credit is unfair and out-of tune with modern Ireland. Deputy Doherty said Sinn Fein is opposed to the unfair cutting of the Single Parent Tax Credit.“This is an unfair move and is out-of-tune with the needs of modern Ireland. Pearse Doherty“This move will ultimately affect the children of separated parents as one of their parents will now have less to provide for their children’s needs.“This move sends out a message to separated fathers in particular that their care- giving is not equally respected by the State. That is an unacceptable message for a government to send out and could be viewed as favouring one parent over another.“Sinn Féin will oppose this cut in the Finance Bill and I call upon Minister Noonan to look again at this proposal and to exam its impact on equality and on the children of separated parents.”    TAX CUTS UNFAIR FOR SINGLE PARENTS – DOHERTY was last modified: October 21st, 2013 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) Tags:Pearse Dohertysingle parent familiestax cutslast_img read more


first_imgA former Donegal GAA star was disqualified from driving for four years when he appeared at Letterkenny District Court.Tommy RyanTommy Ryan, 47, of Termon, Kilmacrennan was stopped by gardaí at Termon Church on September 17, last. He became abusive to gardaí and pushed garda Patrick Geraghty in the chest causing him to step back to regain his balance.Garda Geraghty told the court that Ryan resisted arrest and had to be handcuffed.The Garda revealed “I asked the driver to do a roadside breath test and he then stated that I knew him. I said I did not. He again said I knew him and said he was Tommy Ryan, the footballer. “He then stated ‘have you nothing better to be doing than catching me for nothing.’The court also heard that Ryan shouted at Garda Charlene Anderson: “F*** off you, it’s got nothing to do with you.”Garda Anderson later had to threaten Ryan with pepper spray in order for him to sit in the back seat of the patrol car.On the way to Letterkenny Garda Station Ryan made numerous comments about being a footballer adding “we should let him away with it” and “that we’d caught “the big one.”Ryan told gardaí to “go to the super’s office and get their pick of promotions” and then made reference to gardaí being out drinking.Ryan arrived at Letterkenny Garda Station and introduced to Garda Conor Molloy, the officer in charge. Ryan said that he would do nothing until he got in contact with his solicitor and refused to sign the custody record.He was led to the intoxiliser room at 2.04am where during his first attempt he blew too hard and the next two samples were too short. The court heard that he had chest problems.Barrister, Frank Martin said that Ryan apologised for his behaviour to gardaí. He also told the court that Ryan had volunteered to give a blood or urine sample which was confirmed by Garda Conor Molloy.Mr Martin said that Ryan had difficulty breathing into the machine.Inspector Goretti Sheridan said that the defence would have had to prove that the accused had medical records.Judge Paul Kelly disqualified Ryan for four years from July 31 and fined him €400 for failing to provide a breath sample. The disqualification period will start on July 31.Judge Kelly said that Ryan’s behaviour did him no credit at all. He added that gardaí have a difficult job to do and that should Ryan have taken the test he may well have brought himself into the alcohol limit.Judge Kelly added that if Ryan donated €350 to the Leaf Project in Raphoe he would strike out both the other charges.Ryan’s wife Eileen was also before the court charged with intoxication and threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour to which she pleaded guilty.She was also given the opportunity of donating €250 to the Leaf Project in RaphoeFORMER GAA STAR TOMMY RYAN DISQUALIFIED AFTER DRINK-DRIVING CASE was last modified: April 30th, 2014 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) Tags:breath testdonegalGAALetterkenny District CourtTommy Ryanlast_img read more