Four charged with aiding handcuffed fugitive who allegedly shot Pa. police officer

first_imgAllegheny County Police DepartmentBy BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(PITTSBURGH) — The search for a man shown in video shooting a suburban Pittsburgh police officer while handcuffed stretched into its second week Sunday as authorities announced the arrests of four people accused of helping him avoid being captured.The suspect, Koby Francis, 22, has managed to elude arrest for a full week since the shooting of Officer Gerasimos “Jerry” Athans, 32, outside the McKeesport, Pennsylvania, Police Department. A $15,000 reward is being offered for Francis’s arrest, and an all-hands-on-deck search for him has spread out to multiple states.Allegheny County Police arrested Jasmyn Henderson-Bracey, 25, Gesiah Grigsby, 21, Daniel Neal, 19, and Justine Kenyatta, 20, all of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, on charges of hindering the apprehension of Francis.Police alleged Henderson-Bracey and Grigsby were seen in surveillance footage at a grocery store in McKeesport with Francis on Dec. 22, two days after Athans was shot. At the time, Francis was still wearing a pair of handcuffs, police said, citing the video.The video, according to authorities, also showed Neal, who police identified as Francis’s brother, walk into the store and pull the hood of a sweater over Francis’s head in an apparent attempt to hide his face as they exited the store. Kenyatta was later seen riding in a vehicle with Neal and Francis, authorities alleged.Police received a tip last week that Francis was spotted at a home in McKeesport, officials said. When officers went to the home they found Grigsby and Henderson-Bracey there, they said.Grigsby and Henderson-Bracey allegedly told investigators they had not seen Francis since before the shooting, statements that contradicted the video footage taken from the McKeesport grocery store, authorities said.While being questioned by investigators on Dec. 23, Neal claimed that on the day of the shooting, he and Kenyatta met with Francis at the McKeesport grocery store and that his brother asked him for a ride to North Versailles, about five miles northeast of McKeesport, officials said. Neal claimed that while driving Francis to North Versailles, he began to feel uncomfortable and stopped to let Francis out of the car.Police said they checked surveillance video from the area Neal claimed they left Francis but found no evidence supporting Neal’s story of where he and his brother parted ways.Neal, Kenyatta, Henderson-Bracey and Grigsby were all in custody on Sunday on charges of hindering Francis’s apprehension. They are scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 4.Athans, a four-year veteran of the McKeesport Police Department, was shot in the neck and shoulder after transporting Francis to the police station, officials said.His wounds were non-life-threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery.Allegheny County Police Superintendent Coleman J. McDonough said during a news conference last week that, prior to the shooting, Francis went to the McKeesport Police Department to be served with a protective order. McDonough alleged that Francis left the police department angry and went to pick up his infant son at a public housing complex, in violation of the protective order.Francis was then found at a second public housing project in violation of the order and was searched and arrested by Athans and another officer. McDonough said that while officers seized a gun from Francis’s car, they failed to find the firearm the suspect had hidden on him.McDonough said investigators reviewed surveillance video and confirmed Francis was placed in the back of Athans’s patrol vehicle with his hands cuffed behind him. During the news conference, McDonough played a security video that showed a suspect with his hands cuffed in front of him shooting Athans.The footage shows Athans exiting the patrol vehicle and walking around to the rear passenger-side door. As soon as he opened the door, gunshots rang out, and Athans doubled over as he staggered to the front of the vehicle for cover. The suspect is seen emerging from the vehicle and firing at least one more shot at Athans, who drew his gun and returned fire but missed.McDonough described Francis as armed and dangerous and asked the public to contact authorities immediately if they know of his whereabouts.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Il Cigno development to fly high over Taringa

first_imgAn artist impression of Il Cigno at 69-73 Swann Road, Taringa.***THE BASICSIL CIGNODeveloper: TDF ProjectsPrice: From $995,000Location: 73 Swann Rd, Taringa An artist impression of Il Cigno at 69-73 Swann Road, Taringa. An artist impression of Il Cigno at 69-73 Swann Road, Taringa. An artist impression of Il Cigno at 69-73 Swann Road, Taringa.TDF Projects will launch Il Cigno in December, featuring 11 three-bedroom apartments, one two-level three-bedder and three four-bedroom sky homes.TDF developer David Tenison-Woods said the 11 apartments were dedicated to single-level living with no stairs, and three of the ground-level apartments had exclusive access to a courtyard and garden. An artist impression of Il Cigno at 69-73 Swann Road, Taringa.“The communal garden area offers another quiet space to relax,” Mr Tenison-Woods said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago“It’s a quality over quantity lifestyle. Swann Road is literally close to every amenity including small shopping centres, large shopping towns, golf courses, universities and medical centres and hospitals. “Transport is at the front door.”Mr Tenison-Woods said the target market was pre-retirees and retirees, including those who had decided to move from the family home but did not want to compromise on the luxuries and space they’d come to expect in a large family home.“It’s for those who want to make the move once and this is why we offer them three-bedroom living so they aren’t trying to squeeze into the already condensed two-bedroom market which often offers only one car space and very little storage,” he said. “Our clients want to feel like they are upgrading on style while downgrading on expensive maintenance.” Standout features of the development include views north to the city and south to the Border Ranges. All apartments feature high ceilings and open plan living.last_img read more

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Cazenovia girls tennis goes 3-1 in four-day stretch

first_imgIn singles, Nova Berger lost, 6-4, 6-3, to Grace Lesselroth, with Baylee Pierce falling to Sophia Frost 6-0, 6-4. But just two games from defeat, Julia Knutsen rallied in third singles to beat Katie Hagrman 4-6, 7-5, 10-6.So began a crowded stretch of four matches in as many days, Cazenovia going to Phoenix last Tuesday and, mixing up its lineup, prevailing again as it handled the Firebirds 6-1.Though Royer, moving to singles,  ran into Brielle DeRoberts and lost, 6-2, 6-1, Pierce beat Mia Graham 6-1, 6-0 and, in a third-set tie-breaker, Knutsen came back to beat Katelyn Carbonaro 4-6, 7-5, 7-6. In doubles, Berger and Galle did not drop a game, nor did Thornton, paired with Pavelchak. Dauenhauer and Sayre handled Amanda Justian and Morgan Kosakowski 6-0, 6-2, while Douglas and Schwartz won, 6-3, 6-3, over Ella Heckert and Mackenzie VanAustin.Then the Lakers faced Bishop Grimes on Wednesday, and though it didn’t win a point in a point in a contested singles matches, Cazenovia swept doubles and claimed a 5-2 decision over the Cobras.Galle and Royer got it going with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Sarah Falgiatano and Sofia Ziankoski. Berger and Schwartz handled Lenora Cedrone and Jenny Morabito 6-0, 6-1, with Sayre and Thornton beating Brina Deppoliti and Nadia Fenu 6-1, 6-2. Pavelchak, paired with Grace Degelth, beat Olivia Coppola and Maggie Eallonardo 6-1, 6-1.The big match was Thursday’s showdown between Cazenovia and Christian Brothers Academy, and the Lakers could only pluck a single point from the Brothers, taking a 6-1 defeat.Knutsen earned that point, rallying in third singles past Lily Geneocco 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, but Berger and Pierce each lost in straight sets. Galle and Royer paired up to face CBA’s star duo of Gieselle Vlassis and Grace DelPino, and the Lakers’ duo took a 6-3, 6-4 defeat.While all this was going on, Chittenango returned to action last Wednesday against Mexico and dominated that match with the Tigers, earning a 7-0 shutout.Anna Rooney’s 6-0, 6-0 romp over Caitlyn Hackett began a singles sweep where Brooke DiFlorio handled Juliana Smith 6-1, 6-0 and Delaney Dawkins won over Paige Masrouri 6-1, 6-1.It went to three sets in first doubles, but the Bears’ Riley Ellis and Sarah Lanphear weathered it to prevail over Juliana Hernandez and Mia Morris 6-2, 1-6, 6-1. Also, Brianna Crystal and Shannon Pitt got past Alana Rice and Grace Schipper 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.Abbie Austin and Allison Soulier got past Alivia Kelsey and Tori Stores 6-2, 6-1, with Leah DeMauro and Jessica Hallock getting past Amita Druce and Shelby Shumacher 6-1, 6-4.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: CazenoviaChittenangogirls tenniscenter_img Giving itself an important boost of confidence, the Cazenovia girls tennis team claimed all of the doubles matches in last Monday’s clash with Westhill, keying a 5-2 victory over the Warriors.Clare Douglas and Alex Galle were dominant for the Lakers, handling Sophia Langdon and Bridget Thornton 6-0, 6-1. Nina Royer and Emma Schwartz had a 6-1, 6-1 win over Delaney and Mikayla Carroll, with Mae Sayre and Emma Thornton defeating Kaley Richmond and Madison Thomas by those same scores.And it took three sets, but Regan Dauenhauer and Katie Pavelchak worked past Isabel Dickinson-Cominolli and Jillian Eckert 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 to complete the doubles sweep.last_img read more

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MLB hot stove: Giants sign Drew Pomeranz to 1-year deal

first_imgHe spent the past three seasons with the Red Sox after he was traded to Boston in 2016 by the Padres after making the NL All-Star team that year.  Related News The Giants added a new pitcher to their rotation.Drew Pomeranz has signed a one-year deal with San Francisco, the team announced Wednesday. According to ESPN, the deal is worth $1.5 million. In his first full season with Boston in 2017, Pomeranz went 17-6 with a 3.32 ERA, but he struggled mightily in 2018. He was plagued with injuries and threw just 74 innings with a 6.08 ERA and a 2-6 record.He was sent to the bullpen in July after he returned from the disabled list with bicep tendinitis. MLB hot stove: Braves re-sign Nick Markakiscenter_img Welcome to San Francisco, LHP Drew Pomeranz!#SFGiants pic.twitter.com/UlalBiGQEn— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) January 23, 2019Pomeranz, 30, will join a group of starters that currently includes Madison Bumgarner, Dereck Rodriguez, Johnny Cueto, Derek Holland and Jeff Samardzija. MLB hot stove: Rangers sign Asdrubal Cabrera to 1-year deallast_img read more

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