AFP/Reporters Without Borders correspondent released

first_imgNews August 9, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 AFP/Reporters Without Borders correspondent released May 5, 2021 Find out more RSF_en June 7, 2021 Find out more 08.9.02 Christophe Koffi was finally released on 9 August after a little more than24 hours in detention and the police returned the equipment they had takenfrom his office. No charge has been pressed and, therefore, there should beno further proceedings against him._________________________________________________________________08.8.02 – Correspondent of AFP and Reporters Without Borders arrestedReporters Without Borders today called for the immediate release of Agence France-Presse correspondent Christophe Koffi, who was arrested on the evening of 7 August by four men in civilian dress and taken to a police station in Ougadougou, where he is still being held. Documents and computers were taken at the time of his arrest.”As far as we know, nothing justifies this journalist’s detention”, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to public prosecutor Abdoulaye Barry. “Reporters Without Borders is astounded that the police have not specified any charges and is very concerned that they have acted in this fashion.” The organisation asked for his immediate release and the return of the documents and computers seized by the police.Koffi, who is the Ouagadougou correspondent of both AFP and Reporters Without Borders, was arrested at his place of work by four men, who searched his office and then his home, taking many documents as well as computers. Without specifying any charge, they said they wanted to question him in connection with the investigation into the murder of Balla Kéïta on 1 August. Kéïta was a former government minister in Ivory Coast who had joined the opposition and lived in Burkina Faso since March 2001 after being granted the status of political refugee. Receive email alerts Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder Help by sharing this information to go further Follow the news on Burkina Fasocenter_img Burkina FasoAfrica Organisation Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso News News Burkina FasoAfrica News French reporter says he has been kidnapped in northeastern Mali April 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Eat, Shop & Be Merry at the Castle

first_imgEmail NewsEat, Shop & Be Merry at the CastleBy admin – November 29, 2012 562 Twitter Print WINTERFEST in Newcastle West takes place from December 3 to 9 and includes a host of family focused events. Food will play a major role and on Saturday December 8, the market at the Red Door will be complemented by the first ever food and craft market in the forecourt of Desmond Banqueting Hall & Castle.  A falconry display and an opportunity to meet the majestic birds of prey up close is bound to be met with huge excitement by young and old in a truly fitting venue.  Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The day will conclude with the visual spectacle “Christmas Fantasy”, a luminous projection onto the facade of the Red Door Gallery.On Sunday 9 December, local establishments the Courtenay Lodge Hotel, Dan Cronin’s Bar & Bistro and the Market Place Brasserie will be joined by Limerick’s Strand Hotel (who is collaborating with the novel BBQ Joe’s) Allo’s from Listowel and the White Sage, Adare to create the Red Door Pop Up Restaurant. Liquid refreshments will be available from barista trainer and local cafe expert Alan Andrews of Coffee Culture and the Rathkeale House Hotel. Other entertainment on Sunday includes story telling by published author Roisin Meaney, carol singing and the West Limerick town’s first ever Living Crib.  Full programme details can be found on the event facebook page Facebook WhatsApp Linkedin Previous articleCarols for allNext articleUlster Bank League Weekend Previews 1/12/12 adminlast_img read more

Defence Strategies During Bail, Remand & Investigation : From Senior Adv Rebecca M John

first_imgKnow the LawDefence Strategies During Bail, Remand & Investigation : From Senior Adv Rebecca M John LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK18 July 2020 12:02 AMShare This – xIn a highly educative and enlightening session, Senior Advocate Rebecca M John discussed various important strategies, that could be employed by defence lawyers for an effective criminal trial.John, who has handled notable cases such as Arushi Talwar, Hashimpura, 2G trial etc, was talking at a webinar organized by LiveLaw on the topic “Strategies of a Defense Lawyer in a Criminal Case” as part…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn a highly educative and enlightening session, Senior Advocate Rebecca M John discussed various important strategies, that could be employed by defence lawyers for an effective criminal trial.John, who has handled notable cases such as Arushi Talwar, Hashimpura, 2G trial etc, was talking at a webinar organized by LiveLaw on the topic “Strategies of a Defense Lawyer in a Criminal Case” as part of Law Practitioners series.Excerpts from her session : Appropriate time to move bail applicationShe said that there were “no real, clear answers” to the vexed question of what is the appropriate time to move a bail application.”I would hesitate to file bail application when the person is remanded to police custody, and would prefer to wait till police custody is over or after the person is remanded to judicial custody”, she said.Explainer : Judicial Custody And Police Custody Comparing the initial phases of investigation to a “cat and mouse game”, she said that when the evidence is coming against the accused in a “fast and furious” manner, it would be advisable to wait till things settle down.Again, there are no clear answers to this, and it will depend on the facts and circumstances of each case.One can try moving the primary court, just to judge where the investigation agency is taking the case against the accused, and then move the superior court after getting an idea about the progress of investigation.However, there is no point in moving the superior court if you are certain that the application will be dismissed. Dealing with opposition to bailThe Senior Advocate said that one must be prepared to deal the grounds of opposition to bail.There are some standard oppositions, such as, the applicant is an accused in other cases, there are chances of tampering of evidence, accused is not cooperative with the investigation etc.John highlighted that mere pendency of other criminal cases is not a ground to deny bail.In this regard, she referred to a recent Supreme Court decision, Prabhakar Tewari vs State of Uttar Pradesh, which held that factors like gravity of offence and pendency of other cases by alone are not sufficient to deny bail.Often, the prosecution argues that the grant of bail will send a wrong message to the society. This is also an untenable argument.Recently, the Delhi High Court ruled that bail cannot be refused on such grounds. Quoting that judgment authored by Justice Anup J Bhambhani in the case, Firoz Khan vs State she said “remit of court to dispense justice in accordance with law and not to send message to society”.Another ground often raised by the prosecution could be that the accused is not cooperating with the investigation.This is also a legally flawed argument. It must be remembered that the accused has the right to silence, and right against self-incrimination, which is protected under Article 20(3) of the Constitution.The accused is well within his rights to bring out his defence only at the stage of trial. The accused is not bound to furnish exculpatory evidence at the stage of investigation.In the context, John referred to a recent judgment of Delhi High Court in Navendu Babbar v State of NCT of Delhi, in which held that the non-cooperation with the investigation cannot be a ground to reject bail.The Investigating Officer cannot be heard to say that till the applicant shares with him every shred of evidence which he thinks exists, applicant has to be kept in custody, the Court had observed in that case.Also, remember the golden rule that bail is the rule, and jail is the exception.Referring to Delhi High Court judgment in Ashok Sagar v State, she said that even seriousness of the offence is not a determinative factor to reject bail.”Incarceration during trial is not punitive, but a measure to secure the presence of accused for trial”, she quoted from the judgment.Change of circumstancesRejection of one bail application is not a bar to submit subsequent bail application, if there is a change of circumstances.One of the unwritten principles of law on bail is that change of circumstance is ground to consider subsequent bail application.Even if bail application is dismissed at the investigation stage, that is not the end of the matter. Filing of chargesheet is a change in circumstance. By and large, courts will relook the evidence and consider the bail application afresh, after the filing of final report.At that stage, the case against the accused is crystallized, and evidences and witness statements are secured.In the 2G Case (Sanjay Chandra vs CBI), the Supreme Court held that once the chargesheet is filed, the accused can taken benefit, and bail should be ordinarily granted, as the investigation is over and the accused is not required for any purpose other than trial.Therefore, post the filing  of chargesheet, you can start all over again.Strategies during remand.Stating that this was an area where criminal lawyers do not pay much attention, she said that multiple strategies could be employed at the remand stage.Every remand application moved by police must be opposed in writing, as far as possible.When you oppose a remand, and further remand is not granted, the consequence is that accused is released on bail.You must have conversations with the accused during this time. If the accused says he has been forced to sign documents under duress, or that confessional statements have been extracted using fore, you must immediately put that on record in opposition to remand application.Even if that does not result in any immediate advantage, it can be helpful later, at the stage of cross-examination.This is very relevant, as during investigation stage, police relies very heavily on confessional statements, even if they are inadmissible in evidence. So, if you put on record your opposition to confessional statements at remand stage, it could be helpful.Also, very often, we hear tales of custodial torture, and they should never be taken lightly.She said that as a junior lawyer, when she used to interact with the accused, the first thing she asked was if they were subjected to torture.If there are instances of torture, they must be immediately brought to the notice of the Court. The Court must be asked to order an independent enquiry and medical examination.  Also, when remand applications are produced, you must insist that case diaries are produced and examined by magistrate and that magistarate signs the case diaries with the date so that there is no scope for further interpolations. This is an important safeguard for the rights of the accused, and every defence lawyer must be cognizant of  it. Test IdentificationAfter the 2005 amendment to Code of Criminal Procedure, Section 54A has been introduced, allowing accused to be put to Test Identification Parade (TIP).Prior to 2005, the prosecution would only rely on Section 9 of the Indian Evidence Act for TIP.The accused can refuse to submit to TIP, but the refusal must be accompanied by valid grounds.She recalled a case, where one of her clients had refused to submit to TIP, even without a legal representation at the stage of investigation. He had objected to it by clearly stating that while he was in custody, he was shown to certain witnesses. He even accurately described the features of the witness.She added that at the stage of the trial, his clear and accurate objection to TIP came in handy. In today’s age where arrest is followed by press conferences and publication of photographs in media, an accused can easily plead prejudice due to TIP by stating that he has been shown to the world.But mere bland refusal will be counter-productive, she cautioned.Use of Section 156(3) CrPCContrary to the popular misconception, even an accused can file application under Section 156(3) CrpC seeking to monitor investigation to ensure proper probe.If the accused has a credible counter narrative against the police version, Section 156(3) can come to the aid of the accused.Putting out a counter-narrative at the first stage itself, can be very helpful as you go forward to the trial.Further investigationJohn said that the Supreme Court cleared the ambivalence of the law on the point in the case Vinubhai Haribhai Malaviya vs. State of Gujarat by saying that even after the submission of charge sheet, further investigation can be sought and that even an accused can seek further investigation.So if the investigative report has not investigated aspects of the case which the accused feels are material for his defence, or to understand the case in totality, an application can be moved by the accused seeking further investigation.This is a strategy that can be employed to highlight your defense and for ensuring that a fair investigation takes place.When to seek quashing of FIR/ChargesheetStating that there are no clear answers to this, John advised against approaching HC for quashing of FIR/Chargesheet when there are questions of facts requiring trial, which will persuade the Court to decline jurisdiction. Better to avoid inviting an adverse order in such cases, she suggested.Strategic use of Section 207 CrPCJohn underlined the importance of stage of Section 207 CrPC. This is the first stage where the accused legally gets the documents of prosecution.Care must be taken to see that all documents and statements are supplied by prosecution. When there are voluminous docs, especially in financial crimes, chances of missing documents are there.There should be “fair disclosure” from prosecution, John said, referring to SC decisions in Sidhartha Vashisht @ Manu Sharma vs State of NCT of Delhi and V K Sasikala v State.”Section 207 CrPC must be strategically used to get every ounce of information from the prosecution”, she added.Use of Section 91 CrPC even during stage of investigationIf you feel the need to summon material for your defence, which would otherwise be destroyed, Section 91 CrPC can be employed to ask the Court to summon such material.The only caveat is that you have to convince the court of the relevance the material.With respect to Call Data Records, or any other evidence which are fundamental or material for the case, you can file section 91 CrPC application, even at the stage of investigation to summon and preserve the record.At the stage of chargeAs regards seeking discharge, the law is, if two views are possible at that stage, the Court should adopt the view favouring the accused, and should not act as a mouthpiece of the prosecution, John said.The Court is entitled to sift evidence, for the limited purpose of seeing if prima facie case is made out.You can nuance your strategy at this stage, by pleading that there are two views possible and that the standard has not crossed the threshold of suspicion.If it is a summons case procedure, you must put out your defence at the stage of Section 251 CrPC notice, if you have a concrete case. What if charges are framed against you?The thumb rule is, if the findings are unsustainable on evidence you must challenge the order framing charge. But if you feel that your case could be worsened by an adverse findings from a superior court, better not to challenge. It all depends of facts and circumstances of each cases.One can refer to materials outside the charge sheet, which are of unimpeachable nature, to challenge on order on charge. Section 482/397 CrPC can be used for such purposes. If you are using materials outside charge sheet, Sec 482 CrPC can be invoked.Also Read : How To Prepare For Cross Examination Of Witnesses: Tips From Senior Adv Rebecca John Watch Full Video : Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

A picture worth a thousand words

first_imgSTORMING PAINCourtney Calhoun Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Students participated in a 3D art exhibit currently on display at the Johnson Center for the Arts in TroyA picture is worth a thousand words – sometimes more, sometimes less. But a picture is always worth “words.”That is what the students who participated in the 3D art exhibit at the Johnson Center for the Arts learned and what they will long remember.LaToya Gay, English teacher at Banks Middle School, said the opportunity to participate in the 3D art project at the Johnson Center was an outstanding learning project for her students. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Email the author My artwork is about a lady and a storm.The lady was a seamstress. A storm came by and tore down her house. It killed the old lady.The material and the string represent what was left behind of her sewing materials.The plastic pieces represent broken windows.The busted place in the cardboard represents how the house got torn down.The sticks represent trees and the aluminum foil and bottle caps represent some things that were left behind.Over time, spiders and mice and other critters have come to the house and started nesting and living there. The dark, stormy clouds rolled in leaving the city dark.All of a sudden, a tornado strikes. People run for shelter, screaming.The tornado shatters windows and destroys houses. Children were terrified when lightning struck.When the tornado passes by, all you can see is debris and fallen trees.People cry out for their loved ones that didn’t make it through the tornado. People’s homes are destroyed.You can hear a newborn crying in the distance. Everyone is heartbroken. You Might Like Michael Morgan displays his extensive collection of Bibles and Psalters Beauty was found in the wear of the rare English Bibles on display at the Troy Public Library Friday. Visitors… read more Published 11:00 pm Friday, December 14, 2012 Gay said the students were excited about their art projects, which gave them an opportunity to use their imaginations and develop their writing skills.Fifteen 3D art projects were selected for display at the Johnson Center as a complement to the Artists of Pike County 3D Fine Arts exhibition, which is a part of the arts center “Roots” series.“This is the first time that we’ve had ‘emerging’ artists exhibitions in conjunction with featured exhibitions,” said Wiley White, arts center development coordinator. “Students from Banks, Charles Henderson High School and Pike County High School participated. It is exciting to have the work of young artists exhibited and we are looking forward to featuring emerging artists along with other ‘Roots’ exhibits.” Book Nook to reopen Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Print Articlecenter_img SADChelsey ZellersThe title of my piece is “Sad.” If you look at the background there are squares. The ones with clothes on them spell the word “sad.” The wire that outlines the square represents that the children will never forget what happened. That it is trapped in their memory forever.The faces represent my cousins. The wire in the middle represents the things why they got taken away. This art piece shows what happened to them and how they felt. They got taken away from their parents because of drugs and other things.The children used to be real close. Then I came to school one day and there were no children.I didn’t even know anything happened until three weeks later. I never got to see them again, face to face.I talk to the oldest girl every blue moon.There were three children involved in this. I cry sometimes because I think they will forget me and their family and move on to their fake family.The tears on one face represent the tear they had when they lived with their real family.That is why I thought of this art piece and because it means so much to me.The time that we did see them my family had no idea what was happening to them until one day the oldest girl told someone about it.There is one thing I wish I could tell them that none of this that happened was their fault.This also tells you that you should never judge or pick on someone because you never know what they are going through.Most important of all at least I know that they are in a better place now. Sponsored Content Next Up“At Banks, we don’t have an art teacher, so I take every opportunity to incorporate art into my classes. Art is authentic,” Gay said. “When the counselor told me about the art project, I knew I wanted my students to be involved. I connected the art project with literature. The students created 3D art pieces and wrote stories about their pieces.”Some students created shoebox scenes based on short stories they had read while others created art from “found” objects.“Our eighth-grade students visited the Johnson Center to see the Charlie Lucas folk art exhibit,” Gay said. “As a follow-up activity, two Troy University students came to the class and showed the students ways to create art using found objects. I asked the students to write stories explaining their art.” THE TORNADOBailey Garrett A picture worth a thousand words Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By The Penny Hoarder Latest Stories By Jaine Treadwell Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. 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Missing teenager may have flown to Cancun with 45-year-old man, police say

first_imgAllentown Police Department(ALLENTOWN, Pa.) — A missing 16-year-old girl from Pennsylvania is believed to have flown to Cancun, Mexico, with a 45-year-old man around the time her mother was reporting her missing, police said.Kevin Esterly and Amy Yu, 16, have been missing since March 5, and police believe the teen left with the man willingly.When Yu did not return home from school that night, her mother reported her missing, the Allentown Police Department said Friday.Two days later, police received information indicating that, on the night of March 5, Yu and Esterly took one-way flights from Philadelphia International Airport to Cancun, connecting through the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, police said.An Amber Alert has been issued in Mexico for Yu.“Prior to the Amber Alert in Mexico, the information that Amy Yu and Kevin Esterly were likely in Mexico was not released, as it is believed that Kevin Esterly and/or Amy Yu are monitoring media reports,” police said in a news release on Friday.Yu’s mother, brother, friends and classmates miss her and want her to return home safely, police said Friday.“Amy, if you are uncertain how to come home or who to contact for help, you may simply reach out to a law enforcement official, a resort staff member — or contact your mom via text message, email or social media, and we will work to reunite you with your family right away,” police said.Esterly, who is married, met the teen at church, and Yu appears to have been friends with one of Esterly’s daughters, according to Gary Hammer of the Colonial Regional Police, which has jurisdiction over Yu’s school, Lehigh Valley Academy.When Yu was asked by members of the Leigh Country Child Advocacy Center whether she was having a relationship with Esterly, she denied it, Hammer said.However, Yu altered her school records and listed Esterly as her stepfather, Hammer added. And at least 10 times between December and Feb. 9, Esterly signed her out of school early, he said.Feb. 9 was the final day because that’s when Yu’s mother came to the school to pick up her daughter, and the school said “her stepfather already signed her out of school,” Hammer told ABC News last week.Lehigh Valley Academy confirmed that Esterly has been on school grounds before and was last there on Feb. 9.“After that date, due to circumstances we cannot disclose pursuant to student privacy constraints, he was prohibited from entering school grounds, and the police were to be notified if he returned,” the school said in a statement.The school said in its statement, “Due to federal and state privacy constraints, the school is prohibited from releasing any additional information about the student or the facts and circumstances surrounding the situation unless the parent provides express consent for the school to do so.“We are, however, working closely with the Colonial Regional Police and the Allentown Police, and are providing whatever information and assistance we can to assist them and Amy’s family during this difficult time.”“The mom explained she is a single mother,” Hammer said. “There is no stepfather.”The school called the Colonial Regional Police immediately, and it started investigating. The department found video of Esterly signing the teen out and leaving with her, Hammer said.On March 7, a family member of Esterly reported him as missing/endangered, and that same day, an arrest warrant for Esterly was obtained, charging him with interference with the custody of children, the police said.Yu is about 4 feet, 11 inches tall and 90 pounds, while Esterly is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 185 pounds, according to police.Authorities believe they may be driving a 1999 red, two-door Honda Accord with the Pennsylvania plate KLT0529.Anyone who sees either of them is asked to call 911, local police or the Allentown Police at 610-437-7751.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Search for missing Colorado mother intensifies

first_imgWoodland Park Police Department(WOODLAND PARK, Colo.) — The search for a young Colorado mother who vanished on Thanksgiving Day is intensifying with local police enlisting help from law enforcement nationwide and worried loved ones asking for prayers that she be found safely.Kelsey Berreth, 29, a pilot and the mother of a 1-year-old girl, was last seen at a Safeway supermarket on Thanksgiving near her home in Woodland Park, police said.After she disappeared, Berreth’s cellphone pinged in Gooding, Idaho, more than 700 miles from where she vanished, Cmdr. Chris Adams of the Woodland Park Police Department told ABC News’ Good Morning America on Sunday.“It makes us wonder what she’s doing up there or what the phone is, potentially, because she may not be there,” Adams said.Berreth’s worried loved ones described her as a “responsible” and “grounded” woman, who wouldn’t just leave her child without some sort of explanation.“I just want her to come home,” her brother-in-law, Brendan Kindle, told ABC News. “I find myself calling her quite often, and her phone just goes to voicemail.”Police searched Berreth’s house for clues and found her suitcases, makeup and vehicles all untouched.“Kelsey did not pack to go anywhere,” her brother, Clint Berreth, wrote on Facebook.Berreth is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall, 110 pounds with green eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing a white shirt, gray sweater and blue pants.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.,Woodland Park Police Department(WOODLAND PARK, Colo.) — The search for a young Colorado mother who vanished on Thanksgiving Day is intensifying with local police enlisting help from law enforcement nationwide and worried loved ones asking for prayers that she be found safely.Kelsey Berreth, 29, a pilot and the mother of a 1-year-old girl, was last seen at a Safeway supermarket on Thanksgiving near her home in Woodland Park, police said.After she disappeared, Berreth’s cellphone pinged in Gooding, Idaho, more than 700 miles from where she vanished, Cmdr. Chris Adams of the Woodland Park Police Department told ABC News’ Good Morning America on Sunday.“It makes us wonder what she’s doing up there or what the phone is, potentially, because she may not be there,” Adams said.Berreth’s worried loved ones described her as a “responsible” and “grounded” woman, who wouldn’t just leave her child without some sort of explanation.“I just want her to come home,” her brother-in-law, Brendan Kindle, told ABC News. “I find myself calling her quite often, and her phone just goes to voicemail.”Police searched Berreth’s house for clues and found her suitcases, makeup and vehicles all untouched.“Kelsey did not pack to go anywhere,” her brother, Clint Berreth, wrote on Facebook.Berreth is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall, 110 pounds with green eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing a white shirt, gray sweater and blue pants.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Reputed Gambino crime family boss Francesco Cali shot to death outside home, probed as possible revival of ‘mob war’: Source

first_imgSpencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The reputed leader of the Gambino crime family, once headed by infamous mobster John Gotti, was gunned down in a “well-thought-out execution” outside his New York City home late Wednesday — sparking an investigation into whether the hit was sanctioned or the revival of a “mob war,” sources told ABC News.Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, 53, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to his body outside his home on Staten Island, according to the New York Police Department.“This was not some fly-by-night thing,” a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told ABC News. “This was a well-thought-out execution.”At a news conference Thursday afternoon, NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said the killer fired 12 shots at Cali with what is believed to be a 9mm handgun, striking him six times.Shea said detectives have obtained video of the shooting, which occurred at 9:17 p.m.“Mr. Cali was home at his residence … with members of his family,” Shea said. “He exits his house. He has a conversation in front of the residence and that individual … only about a minute into it pulls a firearm and shoots.”He said Cali appeared to run and attempted to hide under his SUV.Shea also said that prior to the shooting, there was a vehicle crash in front of the home in which Cali’s SUV was backed into by a pickup truck believed to have been driven by the killer. He said detectives are trying to determine if the crash was meant to draw Cali out of his house.“It appears with what we know at this point in time it’s quite possible that was part of the plan,” Shea said.He described the man who shot Cali as being between 25 and 40 years old.Cali is the first reputed mob boss murdered in New York City in 35 years. He was shot outside his home as many as 10 times by a killer who may have fled the scene in the pickup truck police believe backed into his SUV.Cali’s wife and children were inside his home when he was shot, a source told ABC News.Paramedics took Cali to Staten Island University North hospital after responding to the shooting, police said. He was pronounced dead less than 40 minutes later.A male witness who was driving nearby when the attack occurred told police he heard multiple gunshots that, at first, he thought were fireworks, a source told ABC News. The witness also told police he saw an individual run toward the driver’s side of a blue pickup truck while simultaneously keeping one hand near his waistband, the source said.Additional witnesses told police they saw the pickup truck driving through the neighborhood around the time of the shooting.A 911 caller reported a blue pickup truck driving away from the scene, New York ABC station WABC reported.Shea said investigators believe it is the same pickup truck that struck Cali’s vehicle.No one has been arrested and an investigation is ongoing. No gun has been recovered, authorities said.New York defense attorney Harlan Protass, who represented Cali in a 2008 criminal case, said he was stunned and saddened by Cali’s death.“As a client, Frank was smart, mild-mannered and low-key,” Protass told ABC News. “I feel terrible for his wife and children, who I know he loved very much.”A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told ABC News that detectives are attempting to determine if Cali’s killing signaled the revival of a “mob war.” The shooting outside Cali’s home, the source said, suggests the killing was meant to send an ominous message.Last October, Sylvester Zottola, 71, reportedly of the Bonanno crime family, was gunned down at a McDonald’s drive-thru in the Bronx. Zottola’s son, Salvatore, survived an apparent assassination attempt in July outside his home, also in the Bronx.A source told ABC News that investigators are also looking into whether Cali received either a call or text message on his cell phone prior to him going outside his home.As part of the probe, investigators are attempting to collect cell phone records to analyze as they attempt to identify the killer or killers, the source said. Detectives are also urgently reviewing security video from neighboring homes and other surveillance cameras that might show the killer coming or going from Cali’s home in the Tote Hill area of Staten Island.The NYPD has also served a search warrant on Cali’s home to remove security camera footage from the house, Shea said.Aerial footage from the crime scene taken by a WABC-TV helicopter showed police searching a silver SUV outside Cali’s home with at least 17 evidence markers around it, some apparently noting the location of spent shell casings. It was not immediately clear if any surveillance cameras in the upscale residential neighborhood captured the shooting.Cali is the highest-ranking alleged member of a crime family to be murdered in New York in decades, according to WABC.The last mob boss to be killed was Paul Castellano, also the leader of the Gambino crime family at the time, who was murdered outside Sparks Steakhouse in Midtown Manhattan in 1985. That hit was ordered by Gotti, who later took over the family until being convicted in 1992 of racketeering and Castellano’s murder.Gotti died of cancer in prison in 2002.In February 2008, Cali was among 62 alleged New York mafia associates indicted in a massive federal racketeering case. Cali pleaded guilty to one count of extortion conspiracy and was sentenced to 16 months in prison.He was fined $30,000, according to federal court records, and ultimately released in on April 6, 2009.Meanwhile, a federal indictment was unsealed Wednesday against Anthony Pandrella, an alleged Gambino family associate, charging him with murder in the killing of 78-year-old Vincent Zito, who prosecutors said was Pandrella’s friend.Federal prosecutors alleged that Pandrella shot Zito point-blank in the back of the head on Oct. 26 at Zito’s home in Brooklyn, New York, then attempted to clean up the murder scene. Prosecutors claim that Pandrella returned to Zito’s house to console his loved ones and quiz them about the police investigation of the slaying.After allegedly killing Zito, Pandrella, according to federal prosecutors, stole assets of Zito’s loan business.“It takes a certain type of evil to murder a friend and in their own home, and then console the grieving relatives,” William Sweeney, assistant director of the FBI’s New York field office, said in a statement.There is no immediate evidence connecting Zito’s killing to Cali’s slaying, but Shea said nothing is being ruled out at this time.He said investigators were reviewing the murders of Zito and Zottola to determine if there is any link.“Needless to say with the potential of the organized crime angle to this story, it’s of utmost importance to the NYPD and the entire detective bureau,” Shea said.“I think it’s a little preliminary to be making judgments on motive,” Shea said, adding that Cali’s criminal history is a “focal point” in the investigation.Pandrella was arrested Wednesday night, officials said. It was not immediately clear if he was arrested before or after Cali was shot to death.“Stamping out organized crime and the violence that is associated with it remains a priority of the NYPD and its partners in law enforcement,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said in a statement on Pandrella’s arrest. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Comic Strip Live’s Upper East Side building up for lease

first_img Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags Share via Shortlink Comic Strip Live at 1568 Second Ave (Google Maps, iStock/Illustration by Alexis Manrodt for The Real Deal)After more than 45 years of laughs, Comic Strip Live appears to be going dark.The building at 1568 Second Avenue, the longtime home of the comedy club, is being marketed for lease by Winick Realty Group, according to the brokerage’s website. The venue encompasses 4,366 square feet spread out across a ground floor and a lower level.The club was co-founded by Bob Wachs and Richie Tienken, and originally opened in 1976 as the Comic Strip. In the ensuing years, it hosted an array of up-and-comers who would later go on to be huge stars, including Eddie Murphy and Jerry Seinfeld. The latter recently filmed a Netflix special, “Jerry Before Seinfeld,” at the venue.But in recent years, the club has been embroiled in a series of lawsuits between the co-founders.Read moreManhattan comedy club sues Cuomo over pandemic closuresLaughing matters: Comedy club owners call for reopeningManhattan theaters sue Cuomo, de Blasio over Covid restrictions closingsCommercial Real EstateRetail Real EstateWinick Realty Group According to a lawsuit filed in 2019, Tess Wachs, the widow of Bob Wachs, was barred from the premises and had club records kept secret from her. She alleged that Richie Tienken and his wife, Jean, had “run the club into the ground,” the New York Post reported, and asked the court to shutter the venue.It’s uncertain why the club is up for lease now. Earlier this month, Richie Tienken died at the age of 75, the New York Times reported. Neither Charles Rapuano of Winick, who is marketing the property, nor Comic Strip Live immediately responded to requests for comment.Eberhart Brothers owns the property.New York comedy clubs, though a staple for the city, have been struggling amid the pandemic. Last September, the owners of several New York City comedy clubs rallied to persuade Gov. Andrew Cuomo to let them reopen. And earlier this month, the owner of the club Stand Up NY sued the governor for allowing comparable businesses to operate while comedy clubs remain closed.Cuomo recently announced that clubs and theaters may reopen April 2 at 33 percent capacity as part of a broader initiative to open up venues across the state.Contact Sasha Jones Email Address* Full Name*last_img read more

Satellite photographs of the Antarctic Peninsula Area

first_imgThe British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has been receiving regular satellite photo coverage of the Antarctic Peninsula area since 1967. Supplied by courtesy of the United States Environmental Science Services Administration from their National Environmental Satellite Center, the photographs have been used principally to observe the distribution of pack ice to facilitate the passage of the Survey’s ships to Antarctic stations. While they are proving of immense importance in sea ice studies, they have also been used to plot the changing position of ice fronts. In the long term the series will provide an unparalleled source of data for climatology, since cloud patterns continually reveal weather systems that cannot be identified from observations coming only from the sparse network of meteorological stations in Antarctica.last_img read more

Roland scores 24 to carry Northeastern over Weber St. 79-69

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailESTERO, Fla. (AP) — Jordan Roland had 24 points with five 3-pointers as Northeastern got past Weber State 79-69 in the Gulf Coast Showcase on Wednesday.Bolden Brace had 18 points and seven rebounds for Northeastern (4-4). Greg Eboigbodin added a career-best 13 points and Shaquille Walters had eight rebounds. Roland hit 9 of 10 from the free-throw line.Roland scored 17 points in the first half as Northeastern led 47-29. The Huskies made 10 of 14 3-pointers in the first half (71%) and finished 15 of 26.Cody John had 21 points for the Wildcats (1-5). Jerrick Harding added 17 points and Kham Davis had 10. Written by Tags: Gulf Coast Showcase/Jordan Roland/Northeastern Huskies/Weber State Wildcats Basketball Associated Press November 27, 2019 /Sports News – Local Roland scores 24 to carry Northeastern over Weber St. 79-69last_img read more