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Woman attacked at gunpoint on TCU’s campus

first_imgFacebook Twitter Linkedin Linkedin Joey McReynolds Twitter Joey McReynoldshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/joey-mcreynolds/ Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday ReddIt Previous articleFort Worth Bike Sharing celebrates expansion at new Stockyards station.Next articlePantherFest to host a 2,000 foot slip-and-slide in downtown Fort Worth Joey McReynolds RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Joey McReynoldshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/joey-mcreynolds/ Facebook Fort Worth to present development plan for Berry/University area near TCU The109: senior minister at University Christian Church announces resignation Joey McReynoldshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/joey-mcreynolds/ Fort Worth Firefighters Charities posts signs for drowning prevention month printA woman was attacked by a man Sunday night around 7 p.m. near Ed Landreth Hall off West Cantey Street on TCU’s campus, according to an email sent out to TCU students by campus police.According to the email, a man demanded the woman hand over her cell phone. The woman said she refused and the man struck her with a hard object in the back of the head four times and threatened to shoot her.She said she bit the man and was able to run inside Ed Landreth Hall and call the police, according to the email. The suspect was last seen running north on Wabash Avenue.TCU police sgt. Kelly Ham said they have video of the suspect running north on Wabash avenue however the video is not clear enough to identify the suspect.TCU police Sgt. Kelly Ham said the woman was treated for injuries on the scene by the Fort Worth Fire Department and Medstar paramedics.Ham also said that the TCU and Fort Worth Police Departments extensively searched the surrounding neighborhoods following the incident. He added the TCU Police will post extra security in the area.The email described the suspect as a clean shaven, Hispanic male between 19-22 years of age, 5’8″, 175 pounds with dark medium length hair.  He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with a bright colored design on the front and black basketball type shorts.Check back to the109.org for updates as this story develops. Joey McReynoldshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/joey-mcreynolds/ ReddIt Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store + posts Trump to appear at Fort Worth Convention Centerlast_img read more

Odessans show up in big wayVaccine effort helped by locals who are pitching in

first_img Twitter Local News Odessans show up in big wayVaccine effort helped by locals who are pitching in Pinterest Twitter Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – January 27, 2021 TAGS  center_img The combined efforts of the City of Odessa and Medical Center Hospital this week resulted in more than 6,000 COVID-19 vaccines being administered at Ratliff Stadium during a mass clinic.That impressive number is fueled by not only those city and MCH workers but also by a volunteer force of Odessans.The mass vaccination effort has allowed Permian Basin residents to receive the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.Helping to make sure that everything goes as smooth as possible has not only been the MCH staff, city workers, Odessa Police along with paramedics and Fire & Rescue but also countless volunteers.MCH Director of Public Relations Trevor Tankersley said the clinic continues Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (gate shuts at 2 p.m.) and that the volunteers have made a huge difference.“We want to give a massive thank you to all who have volunteered their time so far out at the stadium,” Tankersley said in an email.The vaccination effort, which started Sunday, has had more than 120 volunteers each day.“It’s been great,” Volunteer Resource Coordinator Austin Yocham said. “We’ve had a great showing in our volunteers. We’re upwards of about 120 a day. We’re keeping them fed and plugging them in. we have volunteers used for on the nonmedical side like flagging, traffic control. We have some clinical volunteers, paramedics, nurses and even some doctors. They’re helping out with assisting our paramedics in tents giving vaccinations.”The jobs volunteers at the Ratliff Stadium parking lot have been doing include directing traffic to help people get in their correct lanes to receive the vaccine, to getting the correct information from people including birthdates.“Nonclinical, we’ll put them in traffic and getting our cars moving to the right lanes that they need to,” Yocham said. “Clinical personnel, they can assist with vaccinations and helping out with the paper work and band aids.”Among the 120 volunteers on Wednesday included Odessa resident Nancy Parra who was on her first day of volunteering who said she would be back for today’s effort.“This is my vacation week,” Parra said. “I did not realize that I could volunteer until about two days ago. Then I put my application in so that they could use me wherever they wanted.”Parra works at Midland Memorial Health as a surgical technologist.She says working in her field is one of the biggest reasons that she came out to volunteer.“I’ve been in the medical world for almost 15 years and I just enjoy it,” Parra said. “I enjoy helping people. I don’t mind volunteering. I’ve done it before just never for the pandemic. I had the vacation week off and thought ‘well, why not?’”Her job has also helped her gain the right training that’s needed in a vaccination effort.“I know how to help out with patients and understand when they’re afraid and answer questions. If I don’t know, I make sure to get the right answer,” Parra said.Parra’s job on Wednesday was to go from car to car getting information that’s needed.“I was the runner,” Parra said. “I was collecting names and birthdates so they could enter it into the computer before they got their injections.”All in all, her first day volunteering went well.“It was pretty good,” Parra said. “I learned how to spell out names and met a lot of interesting people. I will be paired up with a paramedic so that they can give the injection and I’ll take the information from the patient,” Parra said.Another volunteer was Midland resident Jolynn Gray, who helped direct traffic inside the parking lot at Ratliff Stadium.For her, volunteering in the community has always been important.“I think this is a great cause,” Gray said. “I hope everyone gets vaccinated. I just like to support what’s going on in the community.”Wednesday was Gray’s second day volunteering, arriving at around 7:30 a.m. and staying until around 2:30 p.m.Gray wasn’t alone as she came in a group, with two of her friends also volunteering.“We’re always volunteering,” Gray said. “My friend got an email and then she called me about volunteering and we signed up.”One thing Parra and Gray have noticed is the laid back attitude from people waiting in the long line to receive their vaccination.“It’s been very friendly,” Parra said. “Everybody’s been friendly from people getting it to this side of it. Everyone has been great.”Gray echoed those thoughts.“Everyone’s been really nice and they’ve been really grateful,” Gray said. “It’s really fun. People are pretty good. Being at the end, I get a lot of thank-you’s and waves. It’s been fantastic. I think people are really excited to have this opportunity to come here and do it.”Yocham had nothing but praise for those who have helped out this week.“Without our volunteers, we couldn’t operate,” Yocham said.Yocham said that every day, about 120 volunteers are needed including next week. Next week’s vaccination days are not yet decided but likely will be mid to late week at Ratliff Stadium.Parra says she hopes to come back to help out in the upcoming weeks.“I’m hoping that if they have more the next week, I’ll come back every Wednesday,” Parra said.Those who are interested in volunteering can send an email to [email protected] Previous articleDemocrat floats Trump censure as conviction grows unlikelyNext articleFacebook Q4 results soar; Zuckerberg hits Apple over privacy Digital AIM Web Support Facebook Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApplast_img read more

Honduran Troops and Police Join Forces to Protect Civilians from M-18 and MS-13

first_imgIn addition to the violent areas in San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa, Troops and police officers perform joint security patrols in the cities of La Ceiba and Choloma as part of the effort to provide security in all of the country’s major cities. “The timely action taken by the Armed Forces and the National Police has allowed us to neutralize any threat or extension to other neighborhoods or districts,” Commissioner Saucedo said. “The control over these areas has generated confidence in the people so that they are able to stay in their homes. We are doing our best for the sake of the Honduran civil society.” M-18 depends on income from extortion and MS-13 relies heavily on micro-trafficking drugs. A gang can generate illegal profits of up to $2.5 million annually, according to the Gangs in Honduras report issued on November 20, 2015 by the organization Insight Crime. M-18 currently operates in about 150 neighborhoods and districts of Tegucigalpa, while MS-13 is in 70, according to Honduran police intelligence. In San Pedro Sula, M-18 operates in 22 neighborhoods and MS-13 in 11, according to Insight Crime. The M-18 members told the terrified residents they had 48 hours to vacate their homes. “The gang members demanded that they leave their houses along the main street because they wanted to convert it into the border between the territories controlled by Barrio 18 and the rival gang for the sale of drugs and extortion,” said Second Lieutenant Selkin Arita of the Military Police for Public Order (PMOP), the newspaper Prensa Libre reported on March 24th. A week earlier, M-18 gang members gave residents in the Reparto Lempira district, located in San Pedro Sula–Honduras’s second largest city–24 hours to vacate the area or die. “On behalf of Barrio 18 we are giving you 24 hours to vanish from this area. After that, there will be no regrets. You will see lives lost just for opening the door,” the M-18 wrote on a note in the district, according to a report by El Heraldo. By Dialogo April 15, 2016 About 100 members of the Honduran Armed Forces and National Police (PNH) provided security to civilians so they could return to their homes in a district in southern Tegucigalpa after being threatened by the violent Barrio 18 (M-18) gang. “The residents of the Las Torres district were alarmed,” PNH Commissioner Leonel Saucedo told Diálogo. “They left their homes in order to protect themselves. There was an immediate and timely intervention from both the Armed Forces and the National Police, who are maintaining a permanent presence in that district. In the end, this generated confidence among the residents of those neighborhoods.” However, the Armed Forces and PNH arrived on the scene to provide security for those who returned to their homes on March 28th, according to Commissioner Saucedo. Effective Military responsecenter_img “There haven’t been any problems in the districts where the threats were received,” Commissioner Saucedo stated. “We are carrying out joint prevention patrols, motorcycle and vehicle patrols, 24 hours a day. The results of the operations in Las Torres and Reparto Lempira have been successful. The presence and support of the Armed Forces in all aspects of this security work have been invaluable. When necessary, we act as coordinating Military institutions.” The M-18 began threatening residents on March 23rd, when eight gang members armed with high-powered AK-47 rifles and automatic pistols arrived “at 7:30 p.m. [in Las Torres] shooting and shouting that Barrio 18 had arrived, and that they were the new owners of that sector of the capital,” the newspaper La Tribuna reported on March 26th. Gang members entered a residence in the district, also known as El Hoyo, and interrogated the owners, asking them if they worked with the rival gang Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13). Law enforcement has made strides protecting the civilian population from M-18 and MS-13, which are responsible for much of the crime in the nation’s urban centers. For example, the 5,148 homicides recorded nationwide in 2015 were 788 fewer than the 5,936 reported in 2014. Last year, authorities documented more than 1,460 homicides in San Pedro Sula and 26 in Reparto Lempira, according to a February 2016 report by the University Institute of Democracy, Peace, and Security of the National Autonomous University of Honduras. The Military and the PMOP immediately deployed personnel to protect civilians from gang members by establishing checkpoints and roadblocks. The security forces sent to Las Torres and Reparto Lempira will be be permanent, according to Commissioner Saucedo. Security patrols The collaboration between the Armed Forces and the National Police in the fight against gangs is increasing confidence levels. “The people, upon seeing professional work that gets results and a greater commitment by the security forces of the state, have more confidence in giving information to the authorities, which allows us to carry out joint actions to arrest the people involved in these criminal organizations,” Commissioner Saucedo explained. “As they continue their joint operations, Troops and police aim to further reduce homicides and the sale and distribution of drugs. The big challenge for 2016 is to reduce the occurrence of extortion, make arrests, and dismantle the criminal organizations.”last_img read more

Tokyo 2020 Olympics President says no plan to wear mask

first_imgTokyo 2020 Olympics President Yoshiro Mori said he did not intend to wear masks, despite the coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 2,000 people in China, a Japanese sports newspaper reported on Friday.”I pray to God every day that the coronavirus will just vanish,” Mori, a former Japanese prime minister, was quoted by the Sponichi Annex paper as saying.”I plan to hold out to the end without wearing a mask,” he said, while exhorting reporters and others in the room, “Please wash your hands when you get home, and especially athletes – please don’t catch a cold or the virus.” Masks, worn by many Japanese people during the cold and allergy seasons, are recommended for those who have reason to think they might have the virus.But experts say that while masks can prevent sick people from spreading germs, they are not very effective in preventing people from getting infected.Hundreds of Japanese and foreign passengers were set to disembark from a coronavirus-hit cruise ship near Tokyo on Friday amid growing disquiet in Japan about whether the government was doing enough to stop the virus spreading.Topics :last_img read more

Local GAA fixtures

first_imgThis afternoon the Garda College play host to Mary Immaculate of Limerick in the Higher Education Senior Football League. Throw-in is at 2 o’clock.In Munster Post Primary action Clonmel High School take on West Limerick in Round 1 of the Corn Ui Mhuiri Football. That game is on in Claughan.In 18.5 D Football St Ailbes of Tipp Town travel to Cratloe to face Kilrush Community College while Colaiste Mhuire of Thurles and Colaiste Chraoibhin of Fermoy meet in Dunesk. Finally in 16.5 C Hurling Scoil Ruain of Killenaule will take on St Augustines of Dungarvan in Ballymacarbery.All of those games start at 1.30.last_img read more