Rifle-toting man throwing “incendiary devices” at ICE detention center fatally shot by police

first_imgJason Redmond/AFP/Getty Images(TACOMA, Wash.) — A man armed with a rifle, flares and “incendiary devices” at an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Washington state was fatally shot by police early Saturday, authorities said.The unidentified man was allegedly throwing lit objects at buildings at Tacoma’s North West Detention Center on Saturday when he was shot following a confrontation with responding officers, Tacoma Police Department officials said in a statement released on Saturday.A worker first reported that a man outside the facility was armed with a rifle around 4 a.m., Tacoma police said.“It was reported the male was throwing incendiary devices at the Detention Center and then at vehicles in the parking lot,” the statement said. “A vehicle was set on fire. The male attempted to ignite a large propane tank and set out buildings on fire. The male continued throwing lit objects at the buildings and cars.”Upon arriving on the scene and locating the man, “officers called out shots were fired,” according to the Tacoma Police statement. “Officers noted that in addition to the weapon, he was wearing a satchel and had flares on his person.”Police did not immediately identify the deceased man, citing an ongoing investigation.None of the police officers involved in the incident were injured. They were not identified by name but police officials said that the four male officers involved were placed on paid leave per department policy after an officer-involved shooting.The officers involved include: a 45-year-old who has been with the Tacoma Police Department for 20 years, a 27-year old with four years on the force, a 28-year old with one year as a Tacoma police officer, and a 24-year old with nine months on the force.Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) from the Seattle field office also responded to the scene, according to officials.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The Who Forced To Postpone North American Tour

first_imgAfter delivering a crushing set at this year’s Jazz Fest, The Who have announced that they have to postpone the next three dates of their The Who Hits 50! tour. Roger Daltrey is reportedly battling swollen vocal cords and was advised to remain on vocal rest for the week.The scheduled performances that will be affected are Kansas City, St. Louis and Louisville. Rescheduled show dates will be announced shortly and we’ll be sure to keep you posted. Tickets for the postponed shows will be honored on the new dates.The Who is still scheduled to hit Queens’ Forest Hills Stadium on May 30th. Check out a clip from their Jazz Fest Weekend One Saturday closing set.last_img read more

Optimists honor Hippler as Farmington Hills Firefighter of the Year

first_img admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) The Farmington/Farmington Hills Optimist Club recently honored Sgt. Nick Hippler of the Farmington Hills Fire Department as its Firefighter of the Year.From left: Farmington Hills Fire Department Lt. Jamie Neufeld, Fire Chief Jon Unruh, Sgt. Nick Hippler and Fire Marshal Jason Olszewski (contributed photo)“Nick consistently displays the highest level of professionalism while providing a superior level of service to the community,” said Fire Chief Jon Unruh.Hippler started with the department in 2003 as a paid-on-call firefighter. He was hired as a Career Firefighter in 2006, promoted to Senior Firefighter in 2010, and to Sergeant in 2015.A member of the Fire Department’s Honor Guard, Hippler serves as a Fire Investigator and Fire Academy Instructor. He has received five Life Saving Awards, three Certificates of Appreciation, and many Letters of Appreciation from the public.A 2001 graduate of Farmington High School, Hippler holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science from Madonna University. He is also a graduate of the Eastern Michigan University School of Fire Staff & Command. Reported bylast_img read more

St. Robert’s 4th in Passerelle national finals

first_imgA Nazareth School of National University player breaks through the defense of St. Robert’s International Academy Panda Rockets. BEST CENTER SPORTS ROBERT’S International Academy Panda Rockets settled for fourth place in the Passerelle division of the 2018 SBP-Passerelle Twin Tournament National Finals over the weekend in Pampanga.Representing Visayas, St. Robert’s lost to International School for Better Beginnings (ISBB, Luzon) 72-88 in the battle for third place.St. Robert’s fell behind early in the game and trailed 26-21 at the end of the opening period but responded with a strong performance in the second canto to tie the count 37-all.In the second half St. Robert’s lost grip as the ISBB surged to a 60-54 advantage before pulling away for good in the fourth period, going up by as high as 16 points. Prior to this the Panda Rockets dropped all of their three matches in the preliminary round, including against eventual champion Nazareth School of National University.Despite the disappointing campaign, St. Robert’s head coach John Guanco remained positive about their showing.“I am still happy about how we carried the fight,” Guanco said. “Our experience will be useful ahead of our (2018) Iloilo PRISAA (secondary boys basketball semifinal round) campaign.”St. Robert’s earned the right to represent Visayas in the two-day national competition after dominating the regional finals earlier this month in Bacolod City./PNlast_img read more

Rebellion in Barca! Everyone points a finger at him and…

first_imgUnbelievable, but a fact. The biggest star in the history of the Spanish giants Barcelona Lionel Messi was named among the reasons for the fiasco of the team in the Champions League and the record loss for the club with 2: 8 from Bayern (Munich).This was revealed by the executive director of the Catalans Eric Abidal after a meeting of the management, at which all sorts of changes were discussed, including a change of coach, elections for a new president and a purge among the players.Winbet – one click away! (18+)Abidal whispered after the meeting that what has been said about Messi in recent years, that he approves the choice of coach, chooses who to play and who does not, influences the transfer policy and keeps his friends in the team from an outgoing transfer, is actually true in the team is ripe for a revolt against the captain, whose actions in recent years have been discussed as the cause of the crisis.Just the day before, Messi was listed as one of the four unsaleable, along with goalkeeper Ter Stegen, defender Clement Langle and midfielder Frankie de Jong, but his advanced age (33 years) and the fact that he commands at all levels of the club, apparently came in more to his colleagues.last_img read more

Former SEC quarterback savoring HBCU experience at Grambling

first_imgGrambling’s senior quarterback Devante Kincade speaks to other offensive players during practice, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium in Grambling, La. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)(AP) _ DeVante Kincade was bouncing around a humid basketball gym in August, wiping sweat from his forehead while trying to sink 3-pointers. With a football.Grambling’s senior quarterback was about to help lead a football practice on hardwood courts after torrential downpours the night before had left the Tigers’ practice fields unplayable. Receivers occasionally slipped and fell to the floor while running their routes because of condensation on the surface.This scene would certainly be unlikely at most Southeastern Conference schools _ many have indoor football practice facilities. And Kincade knows firsthand about the immaculate SEC digs after playing two seasons at Mississippi.But the former Ole Miss backup QB and his teammates believe what they have at Grambling more than makes up for whatever they might be missing.“The grind is what makes it even sweeter,” he said.The challenges of playing football at a Historically Black College or University have been well documented. Practicing in gyms, little television money and long bus trips are just part of the deal.But playing at an HBCU is not just about entertaining halftime shows or all those amenities the players lack. It’s about community.Kincade said it’s an experience to savor.“There’s nothing like an HBCU,” he explained. “Don’t worry about the facilities. The life at an HBCU makes you forget about the facilities because there’s so much enjoyment. They say, `Everybody is somebody at Grambling,’ and that is so true.”There aren’t any FBS programs at an HBCU. More than 20 FCS programs are considered HBCUs, including the entire Southwestern Athletic Conference and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Several others play at the NCAA Division II level.Tucked just off Interstate 20 in north Louisiana, Grambling’s approximately 5,000-student campus can feel _ and look _ a lifetime away from a sprawling SEC campus and one of its majestic football cathedrals. At Ole Miss, Kincade said everyone was friendly, but the gleaming athletic and academic facilities sometimes created a barrier to a normal campus life.At Grambling, Kincade said, it’s not unusual for him to hang out at one of the campus cafeterias or at the student union, socializing with other athletes but also regular students.“There’s nobody here looking at you like a star _ you’re just another student,” he said.The SWAC’s preseason offensive player of the year is quick to say that he enjoyed his time at Ole Miss and has nothing but respect for former coach Hugh Freeze. Still, when it became apparent he wasn’t going to start for the Rebels, he transferred to Grambling, and hasn’t regretted the decision once.The pipeline from HBCUs to the NFL is not as well-traveled as it was prior to integration, but the road exists. About 30 former HBCU standouts are currently in the league, and the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Kincade hopes to add his name to the list.NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks said scouts are aware that HBCUs are still a place teams can find undiscovered or underappreciated talent. He said Kincade has a “big-time personality” and could be successful in the NFL given the right opportunity.“The postseason All-Star games are going to be important for him because some will question his size,” Brooks said. “But the thing is, he’s got a live arm, he’s athletic and he’s good at finding passing lanes.”Kincade’s move to Louisiana has also worked out for Grambling.He’s led the Tigers to a 20-2 record during his two seasons _ including a 16-0 mark in SWAC games _ and the program is trying for its second straight conference title and Celebration Bowl win in December. Kincade has thrown for 2,286 yards, 18 touchdowns and just three interceptions this season.The Tigers were preparing for the annual Bayou Classic game in New Orleans against rival Southern on Saturday.Kincade’s mother is thrilled that her son has been able to lead a program at quarterback and have success doing it. Even better, it’s only a few hours from their home in Dallas, Texas.LaTonya Boyd has struggled with some health issues over the past several years, including blood clots and what she called mini-strokes, but she’s been able to attend most of her son’s games the past two seasons. She said Grambling’s smaller atmosphere has been beneficial.“He’s a humble kid and the school is very family-oriented,” Boyd said. “All of the coaches have been so good to him and are good examples.”Grambling’s appeal isn’t a surprise for one of the school’s most famous alumni, quarterback Doug Williams. After a stellar career at Grambling in the 1970s, he became the first Black starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl, leading the Washington Redskins to a 42-10 pummeling of the Denver Broncos in 1988.The 62-year-old Williams, who is the Redskins’ senior vice president for player personnel, is disheartened by talk that HBCUs might not be relevant in today’s world. He said there are an “awful lot of kids who need an HBCU.”“It’s not about division. That’s not the way it is,” Williams said. “Going to Grambling inspired me and helped me become the person I could.”Grambling coach Broderick Fobbs has built a mini-dynasty in north Louisiana. He played for Grambling in the 1990s and has found the sweet spot for recruiting good athletes who might not be quite SEC-caliber but are a good fit for the HBCU experience.“It offers a little different thing to the student-athlete,” said Fobbs, 43. “There’s a lot of universities that are inclusive for minorities, but I think in all areas they’re not at times. Let’s face it: The elephant in the room is that racism exists on many levels and many times African-Americans have to transform to a different way than they’re normally, culturally doing things in order to be received and accepted from time to time.“And I think a lot of that has to do with why HBCUs are so important. It allows you to be yourself, be comfortable and to be around a lot of the same things that you grew up listening to and being around. … It’s almost like sleeping in your own bed or being in your own house.”A house with at least one upgrade _ a new artificial turf field with better drainage was installed at the football stadium in late August.Just something else Grambling can take pride in.___More college football coverage: http://collegefootball.ap.organd www.Twitter.com/AP_Top25 .last_img

Six Steelers selected for Pro Bowl, Chargers lead with 7

first_imgJames, a first-round draft choice, will be joined on the AFC squad by veteran quarterback Philip Rivers, wide receiver Keenan Allen, running back Melvin Gordon, defensive end Melvin Ingram, center Mike Pouncey and special-teamer Adrian Phillips for the game, which will be played Jan. 27 in Orlando. James and Phillips are the only starters, though.Rivers is a backup to Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, one of 29 first-time Pro Bowlers. That, of course, includes all the rookies: James, Giants running back Saquon Barkley, Seahawks punter Michael Dickson, Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay, Indianapolis guard Quenton Nelson and Cleveland cornerback Denzel Wads. Lindsay is an undrafted player.New England’s Tom Brady is the other AFC quarterback, making it for the 14th time. Noticeably missing is the Colts’ Andrew Luck.New Orleans, led by quarterback Drew Brees, Dallas and Chicago paced the NFC with five players each. Brees is the starter, backed up by Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and the Rams’ Jared Goff.Buffalo, Oakland and Tampa Bay had no Pro Bowl selections.In this Oct. 7, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) celebrates with wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) after scoring a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)Pittsburgh and Kansas City each had six players chosen, including such first-timers as Steelers running back James Conner and Mahomes, both having breakthrough years.Cleveland has a first overall draft choice in the game — not Baker Mayfield, but 2017 top pick Myles Garrett at defensive end.“Football is a team game and you can’t do it on your own,” said Garrett, who leads the Browns with 12½ sacks. “I’m happy to be able to share this experience with Denzel because this honor is really a testament to our entire defense.”Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt reacts after the Browns field goal was blocked in overtime during an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Cleveland.  (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)Among the perennial AFC choices returning to the game are Houston DE J.J. Watt, Pittsburgh WR Antonio Brown, Baltimore guard Marshal Yanda and safety Eric Weddle, Cincinnati DT Geno Atkins and Denver LB Von Miller.“To get recognized by your peers, the coaches and the fans, it means a lot,” Weddle said. “It’s always special to put in the hard work and to try your best and then get recognized. The Pro Bowl is something I never take for granted, and I’m pretty stoked about it. Each year you just work hard and try to play your very best. To receive recognition for what you do on the field, even if it may not show up in other areas, is awesome.”For the NFC, frequent repeaters include Atlanta WR Julio Jones and C Alex Mack, Dallas tackle Tyron Smith, inside LBs Luke Kuechly of Carolina and Bobby Wagner of Seattle, Arizona CB Patrick Peterson, Rams DT Aaron Donald and Bears LB Khalil Mack.One of the newcomers, Chicago DT Akiem Hicks, sounded overwhelmed by the honor.“I have played the game of football my entire life and this is the greatest accolade I’ve ever achieved,” he said.STEELERS CENTER MAURKICE POUNCEY (AP PHOTO)There will be a brother combination at center for the AFC as Maurkice Pouncey of Pittsburgh is the starter ahead of Mike Pouncey.The Jets, despite a 4-10 record, have three Pro Bowlers in safety Jamal Adams, kicker Jason Myers and return specialist Andre Roberts — all first-timers.Pro Bowl coaching staffs will be from the losing teams in the AFC and NFC divisional playoffs with the best regular-season records. Each player on the winning Pro Bowl team receives $67,000, while each player on the losing squad earns $34,000.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL In this Nov. 25, 2018 file photo Los Angeles Chargers free safety Derwin James (33) gestures after intercepting a pass from Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen during the first half of an NFL football game in Carson, Calif. NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers placed seven players in the Pro Bowl, including safety Derwin James, one of six rookies across the league to make the game.last_img read more

Stargell’s MVP Awards still a big hit! (Jan. 2)

first_imgThe 44th Annual Willie Pop’s Stargell Pittsburgh MVP Awards knocked it out of the park once again as some of Pittsburgh’s celebrated leaders were recently recognized and honored at the Walnut Grill. As was Mr. Stargell’s request to Achieving Greatness Inc., CEO Bill Neal, to recognize and salute those people who help make Pittsburgh a special place and one of the nation’s most livable cities with the continued support of Pirate Charities, Frank Fuhrer Wholesale Co., Highmark, the New Pittsburgh Courier, UPMC, Blue Diamond Vodka, and Super Bakery. The event continues to showcase Pittsburgh’s finest and keep alive the credo that we are Fam-I-Lee! 2018 HONOREES—Dr. Kathi Elliott—CEO, Gwen’s Girls, Erin Walker, Sensation Model/Actress, Azeeza Reed—Pres., World Financial Group, Barnett Harris Sr.—Connie Hawkins League Hall of Fame, Mark Pinnix—Connie Hawkins League Hall of Fame, Diane Daniels—Writer, New Pittsburgh Courier, Carl Marbury—Pres., Majors Mobile Detail, Alby Oxenreiter—WPXI Sports Director, Leon Ford—Candidate for Pittsburgh City Council District 9. CHAMPIONS ROW—left to right; Warren Wilson—Former Pro Basketball Player and Connie Hawkins League HOF, Barnett Harris Sr.—Duquesne University great and Connie Hawkins League HOF Inductee, Bill Neal—Connie Hawkins League Founder, Achieving Greatness Inc., CEO, Bobby Franklin—Keynote Speaker, Point Park University Basketball All-American and Connie Hawkins League HOF Inductee, Kevin “Freight Train” Parker—Olympic Gold Medalist and Former Fastest Blind Man In The World, Mark Pinnix—Westminster College Basketball great and Connie Hawkins League HOF Inductee, Vince Lackner—Yale University Basketball, European Professional Basketball Legue and Connie Hawkins League Hall of Fame. HONOREES Erin Walker, right, with Alby Oxenreitercenter_img LEON FORD, community advocate, entrepreneur and City Council candidate, with “Eri. U.” Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img read more