Teenager Terrance Halls fight to stave off eviction from Valencia Gardens apartment

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter The John Stewart Company, which filed for the eviction, manages the property owned by Mission Housing Development Corporation. A John Stewart Company representative was not immediately available for comment.A similar ruling was made last Tuesday, but The John Stewart Co. has been resolute.Another hearing is scheduled for Thursday morning, during which lawyers for the management company will ask the court to include Hall in the judgement that ordered his grandmother out of the apartment. A first eviction notice from Nov. 30 alleged a host of illegal activities as grounds for eviction, including fighting, theft, and unauthorized occupants living at the residence.Hall, a minor at the time, is mentioned nowhere in the complaint. He is, however, named in the lease as an occupant of the household.Hall had been living with his grandmother from the age of 5. He told Mission Local he never knew his father and is still in touch with his mother, who lives in Oakland.  “Plaintiffs John Stewart is trying to file every possible motion to force the sheriff to evict my client without any hearing or decision or trial on the merits of the case,” said Darren Orr, a Bay Area Legal Aid attorney who is representing Hall pro bono. “There’s no judgement against him.” On Tuesday, Hall sat in a dark apartment. A sheet hanging over the window kept any light out. Possessions of his recently deceased grandmother still populated the living room — oxygen tanks in the corner and a large rose preserved in resin on the coffee table. They’re “trying to put allegations on me that have nothing to do with me,” Hall said, only offering that those accusations have “something to do with my cousins.” Hall characterized the situation as a “disaster,” but said, “Some things is still going good for me.” He was speaking about the court’s tentative ruling earlier in the morning. Hall, who said he likes playing football and basketball, said he’d soon be transferring from Galileo High to finish high school elsewhere.Terrance Hall (left) speaks with KPIX reporter Mark Sayer (right) during a March 7 broadcast in his grandmother’s apartment. (Image captured from the broadcast.)Some neighbors thought the disturbances at Hall’s apartment were only nuisances. “The music was too high and he wouldn’t turn it down,” said one. Another said there was “too much foot traffic” in and out of the apartment. Other neighbors said they remember noise, fights and police being called on the apartment’s residents, but emphasized that the calls were not necessarily in connection to Hall. “The police were called here a lot — once five times in one day,” said a neighbor. “But it for was all the girls fighting outside.” The neighbor, who asked for anonymity, said that Hall hangs out with his friends at the complex, but the neighbor has never seen Hall taken into police custody. Another neighbor agreed that it was “the women” who had been arrested. That neighbor noticed some of the women wore ankle monitors. “The women would come and go,” the neighbor said. “I would hope he gets an apartment because, poor kid — no parents,” she said. “He’s going to high school. It’s not his fault his grandma got sick.” Nancy Crowley, a Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman, confirmed that the department “did not move to evict” Hall and that it’s currently “not on the drawing board.” However, depending on Thursday’s proceedings, that could change.Mercedes Gaven, the lawyer representing John Stewart Co., did not return requests for comment. A San Francisco Superior Court judge ordered a momentary reprieve on Tuesday for a young Valencia Gardens resident, Terrance Hall, who is facing potential eviction from the public housing facility. Visiting Judge Ronald Quidachay issued a tentative ruling that 18-year-old Hall not be removed from an apartment at the housing complex at 15th and Valencia Streets. The reprieve relied on a technicality, as Hall was not named in a December eviction notice served to his since-deceased grandmother. Hall was a minor at the time. Patricia Harrison, Hall’s grandmother, died on Feb. 17 at the age of 70.The judge, however, stopped short of giving Hall a right to stay in the apartment permanently. center_img Email Addresslast_img read more

Shamann Waltons deeply personal quest to shut down Juvenile Hall

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Shamann Walton didn’t do the armed robbery. He didn’t leap out of the car while brandishing a weapon and relieve a random passer-by of a watch and some cash. In fact, that would be Walton’s lifelong friend Chuck Smith. He cops to it. “We were trying to get money to get alcohol and chill with girls,” Smith explains. Well, fair enough. But when the police showed up, Smith was arrested merely for not putting his hands up promptly enough. Walton, however, was pinned with the robbery and carted off to juvenile hall. It wasn’t the first time. It wouldn’t be the last.  Walton’s first experience with incarceration came after he was jumped at age 15; he responded by retrieving one of the guns he and his friends usually kept secured in a secret place and bringing it to Vallejo Junior High School. (He was also expelled for this — making him the rare individual to have this on his resume along with subsequently serving as president of the San Francisco Board of Education.) Email Address High in Shamann Walton’s office, nearly nine feet off the ground, hangs a picture of a pensive, bespectacled African American man. You could say that Philmore Graham is still watching over Walton. The founder of the Omega Boys Club in Vallejo died in 2014 at age 75. But not before providing opportunities and structure and guidance for countless children, Walton among them. “Who’s to say where we’d be if Mr. Graham didn’t intervene in our lives?” asks Mario Riley, a friend of Walton’s since childhood and now a San Francisco firefighter. “Mr. Graham’s involvement in our lives did not happen overnight. It took years.” He got to know young men. Got to know their teachers. Got to know their friends. Challenged them. Quelled the potentially lethal rivalries stemming out of schoolyard fistfights among day-drinking teenagers.  Walton’s best friends are still the half-dozen or so guys he used to play football with in Vallejo as a pre-teen. Many of them, like him, got in trouble with the law. Some went to jail. But, eventually, most all of them went to college, too. Got good jobs. Raised families. Made something of themselves. Philmore Graham is in the center of all of their Venn Diagrams.  He made the difference that being locked up in an institution could not. He put them on an alternative path. “People have our legislation. They can look at what we’re talking about,” says Walton. “This is an alternative. That word is key.” Potential opponents are “focused on the ‘shutdown.’ But we are focused on the alternative.” “We need to put our young people into an environment that doesn’t say ‘we are throwing you away.’” center_img PG Anniversary:This man took me to this conference, which led me to this college and helped shape the man I am. Today on the anniversary of Philmore Graham’s death. I want to honor him and give thanks to God for giving him the vision of connecting youth to higher education. pic.twitter.com/JrsXyEw1l5— Shamann Walton (@shamannwalton) June 12, 2018 After that, there was the stolen car attempt in Pinole. Then came the armed robbery case, which was eventually dismissed. And, finally, there was a probation violation — his own mother caught him with drugs and money — that led to Walton being locked up one final time at the juvenile hall in Fairfield. Somewhere in there he was also nabbed with crack cocaine and charged with possession with intent to sell, but let off with a citation: Juvenile hall was full. That was nearly 30 years ago. And, now, juvenile hall is virtually empty. If Walton has his way, it will be closed.Walton, 44, was handily elected supervisor for San Francisco’s District 10 in November. His district  is composed of Bayview, Hunters Point, and much of the city’s traditionally underserved African American southeast. And both he — and his background — are in the news of late because of legislation to shutter juvenile hall that he’s quarterbacking, along with Supervisors Hillary Ronen and Matt Haney.In line with a statewide trend, San Francisco’s juvenile detention population is dwindling: There are days in this city of 885,000 that fewer than two dozen children are kept under lock and key. But Walton and his colleagues claim that applying the cuff-’em-and-stuff-’em approach to children isn’t just costly and passé — it’s a vindictive and reactionary practice that does more harm than good. This is an argument that experts have been making for years. As has Walton. “The only thing you learn in juvenile hall is how to be institutionalized,” he says. “You know how to survive county jail because of your juvenile hall experience. You know how to survive the pen because of your county jail experience.” Kids compare notes on how they were caught. Budding criminals are professionalized.Shamann Walton was the quarterback for the Vallejo High Apaches freshman team in ’89. “He couldn’t stay on teams long,” recalls Shawn Tims, a lifelong friend who starred as a receiver at Washington State University. “He fought a little bit as a young kid.”Shamann Walton’s past wasn’t a secret. Anyone in his pajamas could Google a number of articles, blog posts and bios, including this 2015 Vallejo Times-Herald profile, in which Walton notes, “I spent several stints in juvenile hall. I was expelled from the Vallejo City Unified School District on more than one occasion and I was a teenage father (a daughter named Monique and a son named Malcolm).” But, while Walton wasn’t hiding his past, he wasn’t shouting about his politically potent redemptive tale at every opportunity, either. Ronen tells me that, prior to collaborating on this legislation, she had no idea about Walton’s upbringing. Your humble narrator moderated two 2018 District 10 debates, during which a number of the candidates were rather candid about their evocative life stories. More than one experienced homelessness; one spoke of addiction and living in an honest-to-God cardboard box. Another talked about his father slipping into homelessness and dying on the street. Walton, however, did not bring up his own evocative background. A compelling story can take you a long way in politics in this and every city — way further than compelling policy proposals. But Walton apparently feels that his compelling story is not the crux of his political persona or ethos. If you’re already familiar with Walton’s tale, you might well have been an at-risk or incarcerated young person he worked with. He has chosen to talk about it in recent mainstream news articles in pursuit of a specific, germane policy goal: shuttering juvenile hall.  Walton says that political consultants have told him to “use your story.” But he has resisted the advice. “For me,” he says, “it has to be relevant in helping somebody.”Shamann Walton and pal Mario Riley at their 1993 Vallejo High graduation and the 2019 MLK breakfast in San Francisco. Walton’s half-dozen or so closest friends all trace back to his youth in Vallejo.When Hillary Ronen’s legislative aide, Carolyn Goossen, saw the statistics unearthed by the Chronicle’s Jill Tucker and Joaquin Palomino, she screamed out loud, right in the office. Goossen has been working to close this city’s juvenile hall for roughly a decade and, thanks to Tucker and Palomino’s fantastic, thorough, and thoroughly damning investigation of juvenile halls as costly and questionably efficacious, she saw an in. Walton and Haney were soon brought into the mix. It’s not as if Walton read the paper and decided to do something about this. Eight months ago — prior to his election — he told Maria Su of the Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families that he intended to close juvenile hall. Five months ago, back in December, he told the same to Allen Nance, the city’s chief juvenile probation officer.“It was always the right thing to do, but timing is everything. And that article gave us all the data and information about not only San Francisco but across the state,” Walton says. “We’ve had data and information but that reporting got it out to everybody. Now we have the will and the political leadership.” In fact, the legislation to shutter juvenile hall by December 2021 now has the support of eight supervisors — the critical threshold to overcome a mayoral veto. You can read it here: This is not a clandestine maneuver to funnel children into the adult lockup nor to coddle dangerous young people and release them back into their communities with a mere admonishment. In fact, Meredith Desautels, the staff attorney for the Youth Law Center, notes that among cases that were sentenced in San Francisco last year, 96 percent of juveniles were released back into their communities (178 of 186). So arguments for preserving the status quo lest a wave of miscreants be unleashed on San Francisco’s vulnerable neighborhoods do come off as fearmongering. Nobody is suggesting young Hannibal Lecter get off scot-free.  Rather, Walton et al. are hoping to remove the other 96 percent of incarcerated youth from an institutional setting and instead allow many of the organizations that already visit juvenile hall to have even greater access to them in residential facilities. This, Walton says, will be more conducive to young people’s needs and mental health. It will cost less. We only have two or three dozen young people detained, so why not shift to a more individualized model? Why not try what experts tell us would work better instead of what we’re doing, which isn’t working and costs more?last_img read more

WERE getting close to the final game of our Tour

first_imgWE’RE getting close to the final game of our Tour of Australia and we are really looking forward to it. This trip has been a wonderful experience for the players and the staff and we have all grown together the more time we spend with each other. Today, we trained twice to enable us to be a sharp as possible for our match with Penrith. It was a great session and you can see the fruits of everything the staff are doing with the players. Having quality time with the lads is paying dividends but we know we face a really tough game against Penrith. Team spirit is great at the moment and the players are itching to get into their next match. On tour we ask a lot of the players – this very young group are training in a professional environment, some for the first time. It is a lot to ask of them but they keep responding and today’s double session was one of the best we’ve had. They worked really hard.  We only have a few days to go now and the players are already excited by the prospect of climbing ‘The Bridge’. This is always a highlight of the trip and we’re all looking forward to it. Hope you’re enjoying the pictures back home!For all the latest on the Academy Tour, click here.last_img read more

THE Original Saints Supporters Club made a special

first_imgTHE Original Saints Supporters Club made a special presentation to three of the Club’s departing players this week.Maureen Marsh, Gerry Moore and a number of other fans gave commemorative trophies to Sia Soliola, Anthony Laffranchi and Willie Manu to mark their time with the club.The Saints trio were understandably moved with Sia showing off his special shuffle dance as the group sung his song and Boofa giving a thank you speech.last_img

St Helens Scholarship U16s 30 v 18 Huddersfield Gi

first_imgSt Helens Scholarship U16s 30 v 18 Huddersfield Giants Scholarship U16sThe subtropical climes of Thatto Heath tested the metal of players and supporters alike as the U16s continued their winning ways on Sunday.Driving rain cut through to the bone but the players of both sides rose above and served up a high quality game for those hardy souls.The Saints were first on the scoresheet as Alex Eckley drove over under the sticks to score after good work from props Rob Horton and Jordan Olmez.The Saints had scorned three overlap chances down their left flank before the Giants took the hint and burned the Saints down the same side. The winger made the most of his overlap and some indecisive defensive play from his opposite number and full back.The Giants then took the lead as they exploited the other flank this time the left centre driving between two would be tacklers leaving it to each other.So the Saints were behind again in a match and being tested again and again they rose to the occasion.Harry Coleman continued his run of scoring in every match so far this season as he drove over, again under the sticks, after the side had bulldozed down the middle of the park.But the decisive scores in the match came in the final five minutes of the half and both involved substitute hooker Paul Nash.Firstly, it was his pass straight from the play the ball which missed out two players but found his winger Cameron Brown in acres of space to cross in the right corner.The second, came when he was alive at the play the ball to take the offload from Coleman to fall over the line for a deserved score of his own.The Saints were the first to score after the break increasing their lead as Callum Hazzard took a delightful inside ball from Elliott Jenkins 30 metres out. The second rower steamed onto the pass before rounding the full back on his way to the posts.The Giants stayed in contention again testing the Saints out wide with a try in the corner and were denied a try with a crucial tackle from Captain Chris Follin holding his opposing centre up over the line on the last.A great settling run out of defence from debutant Sean Croston set the Saints on a roll and four drives later the Giants full back was kicking Jenkins’ relieving kick out into touch under pressure from the Saints chase. From the scrum Kevin Brown made the game safe sprinting around the defensive line to score in the left corner.The Giants got a consolation score with the last touch of the game but the Saints were worthy winners.Match Summary:St Helens U16s:Tries: Cameron Brown, Alex Eckley, Harry Coleman, Callum Hazzard, Paul Nash, Kevin Brown.Goals: Jacob Cummings 3.Huddersfield Giants U16s:Tries: Jacob Wardle, Dominic Senior, Ronan Costello, John Luke Kirby.Goals: Jack Richardson.Half Time: 20-8 Full Time: 30-18Teams:Saints:1. Jacob Cummings; 20. Cameron Brown, 3. George Newman, 4. Chris Follin (C), 5. Sean Croston; 6. Ben Heyes, 7. Elliot Jenkins; 8. Rob Horton, 9. Brad Pinder , 10. Jordan Olmez, 11. Danny Edwards, 12. Jack Grimes, 13. Alex Eckley. Subs: 2. Kevin Brown, 14. Paul Nash, 15. Callum Hazzard, 16. Tom Pinder, 17. Ben Twist, 18. Jorge Lewtas, 19. Harry Coleman.Giants:1. Ethan Salm; 5. Dominic Senior, 3. Jacob Wardle, 4. Paul Foulstone, 2. James Walker; 6. Finley Hickey, 7. Jack Flynn; 8. Damian Wood, 9. Jamie Greenwood, 10. Tom Hugill, 11. Ronan Costello, 12. Jack Richardson, 13. John Luke Kirby. Subs: 14. Jack Duggin, 15. Sam Hewitt, 16. Alfie Copley, 17. Ethan Ferry, 18. Sam Smith, 19. Reece Boxall Hunt, 20. Connor Murphy.last_img read more

DAY 10 – The tour party arrived back at base late

first_imgDAY 10 – The tour party arrived back at base late on Wednesday evening from Central Coast after enhancing their impressive start to the tour with a second victory, writes Neil Kilshaw.A quick supper for the players, whilst the staff dissected the evening’s work followed, and the lads were sound asleep by midnight.Preparations for Sunday’s game versus Parramatta begun at 9am with a recovery session in the outdoor swimming pool to get those sore and aching joints moving again!Allegedly, Club CEO Mike Rush assisted Ian Talbot and Ste Leonard to prepare the BBQ breakfast whilst the players attended recovery – but with no picture evidence available this news must be treated with trepidation.We then went off Manly beach for a surfing lesson amidst the heavy rain of a Sydney afternoon. Chris Follin was particularly concerned that we wouldn’t be allowed to go in the sea whilst it was raining, and Jonny Skinner was in determined mood to make up for a poor showing at wakeboarding.There were some great performances out on the surf with Cameron Brown, Brad Billsborough, Brad Pinder, Harry Coleman and Matty Kilgannon all showing up well.Elliott Jenkins was the surprise package of the afternoon but yet again Neil Kilshaw was the pick of the performers… (even if I do say so myself…!)Special mention to Josh Eaves who fresh from an appointment at hospital – receiving positive news that his double jaw fracture doesn’t require surgery – was given permission to hit the waves.The rest of the evening was spent relaxing and unwinding mentally preparing for two training session son Friday and plotting a course for victory against a strong Parramatta side.last_img read more

IN what has been a very sombre week for our sport

first_imgIN what has been a very sombre week for our sport, two people who have themselves endured the most terrible personal tragedy are joining forces to take on a huge challenge in support of Rugby League Cares.The inspirational Matt King OBE is preparing for more sporting heroics by completing the 2016 Great North Run.Ten years after he first made history by crossing the finishing line in the iconic half-marathon, Matt is taking to the road again to shatter even more preconceptions about disability.Matt, 29, was left paralysed from the neck down as a teenager while playing Rugby League for the London Broncos Academy after severing his spinal cord in a tackle.Since then, with support from the RL Benevolent Fund, he has gone on to achieve a first class honours degree in law, qualified as a lawyer, developed into an accomplished mouth artists and motivational speaker – and completed some amazing physical challenges.As well as the 2006 and 2007 Great North Runs, Matt became the first person with his level of disability to complete a marathon when he crossed the New York finish line in November 2007, a feat he achieved with help from the Christopher Reeve Foundation.Now, Rugby League’s own Superman is reuniting many of his original 12-strong support team from 2006 to take to the streets of the North East and complete an amazing ten year treble.Alongside Matt in his team of 12 will be none other than Lizzie Jones. Lizzie, who lost her husband Danny Jones, the Keighley Cougars & Wales international to an undiagnosed heart defect in May 2015, has never run any distance before but describes herself as honoured to have been asked to take part.Talented songstress, and Mum to twins Bobby and Phoebe, Lizzie touched millions of TV viewers with her appearances at the Challenge Cup final and BBC Sports Personality of the Year. She will have her sister Stephanie training and running with her in preparation for massive challenge ahead on September 11.In February of this year Lizzie launched the Danny Jones Defibrilator Fund, the aim being to ensure all rugby league clubs, from grassroots to Super League, have a defibrilator as part of their medical facilities.It is hoped some of the funds the team raises for RL Cares will be passed on to the DJDF.It is rather poignant that Matt and Lizzie are coming together in the same team. Danny Jones was in the Halifax academy side that took the field against London Broncos academy on April 4 2004, the game in which Matt suffered his injury.Sadly, some of Matt’s 2006 can’t be contacted or are unable to take part due to injury or illness and Matt is looking for a couple of volunteers – if you would like to join his team, please email tenyeartreble@hotmail.com asapTo sponsor Matt & Lizzie’s valiant effort to complete a ten year treble of Great North Runs, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tenyeartreble and follow Matt on Twitter @tenyeartreble or his Facebook page TenYearTreblelast_img read more

Brunswick County high school student charged with rape

first_img Humphries says detectives began investigating after the rape was reported on Monday. Once the magistrate issued a warrant for Cain, detectives arrested the teen at North Brunswick High School on Tuesday.Cain was given a $100,000 bond and has since bonded out of jail. LELAND, NC (WWAY)– Detectives with the Leland Police Department arrested a North Brunswick High School student at school and charged him with rape.Leland Police spokesman Lt. Jeremy Humphries says James Matthew Cain, Jr., 18, is charged with 2nd degree forcible rape.- Advertisement – Related Article: Police say brothers charged in connection to Wilmington teen shootinglast_img

WARM receives 25000 grant for office expansion

first_imgWARM executive director JC Lyle receives a $25,000 check from the Landfall Foundation (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry, or WARM, is celebrating a $25,000 grant. WARM hopes the money will help its mission of fixing homes in the community.The nonprofit can also make homes handicapped accessible for the elderly, disabled and low-income homeowners in New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick Counties.- Advertisement – WARM applied for the grant from the Landfall Foundation. The money will hep expand the group’s office.WARM executive director JC Lyle says the grant will go a long way toward helping the community.“We’re busting at the seams inside,” Lyle said. “The community has been so generous to us and dedicated to fulfilling the mission and furthering the mission. This is really just gonna give us more capacity, so that the volunteers that come and the homeowners that apply can get helped faster.”Related Article: Services for Survivors prepare for resource fairThey’re working on getting building permits right now and hope the expansion is done by this fall.last_img read more

Another teen charged in graffiti vandalism downtown

first_imgGraffiti on downtown buildings in Wilmington (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police have charged a second person in the recent incidents of graffiti vandalism in downtown Wilmington.Izzy Belle Edmondson, 18, was charged with one count of damage to real property by means of graffiti vandalism.- Advertisement – WPD says she sprayed a drawing of a hang-man image, which she told investigators held personal significance, on the south side of 721 N 4th Street.WPD arrested Jackson Kai Herren, also known as the “Creator”, Friday on five counts of damage to real property under the pre-text of graffiti vandalism.last_img