Mercy basketball can’t find wins against Redding Christian

RED BLUFF — The Mercy boys and girls basketball teams were served loses by Redding Christian Friday night. The boys team fell to the Lions 60-30. Redding Christian stuck first and put points on the board early. Mercy would hit back when Trey Bramon blocked a shot. Riley Sickney stole the ball from the Lions with 5:10 left in the quarter and scored a layup for the Warriors. The Lions scored a 3-pointer soon after and started taking the lead. They would get another 17 points in the quarter mainly from Drew Nelson-Crowell, who scored 8. Sickney scored again and Joe Carlos sank a basket by quarter’s end. The Warriors held Redding Christian scoreless for the first minute and a half of the second quarter. A foul on the Lions’ Jackson Black broke the streak when he hit one of his free throws. The Loins went on an unanswered 12-point scoring running until Sickney scored a layup with 0:35 left in the quarter. The Warriors went into half time down 31-8. Again Mercy held the Lions scoreless to start the quarter, but this time, it…

George Kittle explains his first-down celebration, borrowed from Mexican wrestler

George Kittle says he wants to take the souls of the defenders he blocks. Such a metaphysical goal is bizarre in the game of football, where everyone is focused on the matchups and techniques. It belongs more in the world of wrestling, where the physical world and the imagined world coincide much more readily than an NFL coach would ever allow — beyond the visualization of a Lombardi Trophy, of course. But it’s no surprise that Kittle is the man to bridge that gap, as a big-time wrestling fan when he’s not busy starring as the league’s best player. His first-down gesture has drawn attention, as some have noted its similarity to a white supremacy gesture. But Kittle explains, as he has before, it’s taken from Pentagón Jr., a Mexican wrestler. Kittle begins his “cero miedo” first-down celebration. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) The circle made with his thumb and forefinger form a “0”, and when he flicks his wrist, his other fingers create an “M”. Together, they signify Pentagón Jr.’s catch phrase: Cero miedo, or “zero fear” in English. Friday at the 49ers’…

Court roundup: Jan. 25, 2020

The following defendants were sentenced in Tehama County Superior Court, according to the Tehama County District Attorney’s Office. Those listed as being charged are innocent until being proven guilty: Recent State/Local Prison Commitments: People vs. Zane Andrew Kaufman: Driving or Taking a Vehicle without Consent, a felony; Failure to Appear While Release on Own Recognizance, a felony; Assault with Force Likely to Cause Great Bodily Injury, a felony. Brief history: The defendant was pulled over for poor driving. He appeared to be under the influence. He provided a false name. The car he was in was stolen, had false plates on it, and there was another set of license plate in the car, which belonged on another stolen vehicle. Methamphetamine and paraphernalia were located. He was driving without a license.He later failed to appear in court while on his own recognizance. On another occasion he threw a glass bong at an individual. The bong missed the intended victim and broke, cutting a child. Sentence: 6 years 8 months State Prison People vs. Kristofer Brady Herren: First Degree Burglary, a felony; Grand Theft Personal Property, a…

Sheriff’s Dept. Investigating Foster Child’s ‘Suspicious’ Death in Palmdale

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a foster child’s death in Palmdale. Investigators received a call at around 9 p.m. Saturday about a baby who was not breathing in the 5700 block of Monaco Lane, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The 1-year-old child was taken to the hospital, where the baby was pronounced dead, Lt. Brandon Dean said. “We’re here today just treating the death as a suspicious death,” Dean said. “We don’t know if it’s accidental or what, that’s why we’re out here today.” Dean described the baby as a foster child.

Driver Dead, Passenger Injured After Crashing Into Tustin Home

A vehicle plowed into a Tustin home early Saturday, leaving the driver dead and his passenger injured, officials said. Police described the surviving passenger as a girl. What caused the crash is under investigation. Resident Tito Perez said his daughter had friends over for a sleepover at the time, but that nobody inside was hurt. KTLA’s Lauren Lyster reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News at 8 on Jan. 25, 2020.

Trump Impeachment Trial: President’s Lawyer Says Dems Want to ‘Overturn’ Last Election

President Donald Trump’s lawyers opened their impeachment trial defense in a rare Saturday session by accusing Democrats of striving to overturn the results of the 2016 election, saying the Democrats’ investigations into his dealings with Ukraine were not a fact-finding mission but a politically motivated effort to drive him from the White House. “They’re here to perpetrate the most massive interference in an election in American history,” White House Counsel Pat Cipollone told senators. “And we can’t allow that to happen.” The Trump legal team’s arguments were aimed at rebutting allegations that the president abused his power when he asked Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden and then obstructed Congress as it tried to investigate. Trump is mounting a wide-ranging, aggressive defense asserting an expansive view of presidential powers and portraying him as besieged by political opponents determined to ensure that he won’t be re-elected this November. “They’re asking you not only to overturn the results of the last election, but as I’ve said before, they’re asking you to remove President Trump from an election that’s occurring in approximately nine months,” Cipollone said. “They’re…

Cloverdale pot murder brings life sentence for third man convicted in case

Bay City News Service SANTA ROSA — A third defendant was sentenced in a 2018 marijuana-related murder in Cloverdale last year. Judge Dana Simonds on Friday sentenced Socorro Sierra, 34, of Healdsburg, to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the penalty phase of his trial in Sonoma County Superior Court. A jury in November had convicted Sierra of first-degree murder and kidnapping in the case. Sierra was sentenced to an additional 25 years to life due to firearm enhancements. Two Santa Rosa men were sentenced Jan. 10 to being accessories to the shooting murder and kidnapping of Jose Martinez, 46, a Cloverdale resident and longtime employee of Friedman’s Home Improvement who disappeared on June 29, 2019. Martinez’s family reported him missing on July 2. The sheriff’s office said Martinez and Sierra were involved in marijuana dealing, and Sierra recently threatened Martinez. The three defendants picked Martinez up in front of a food store in Cloverdale on June 29, according to the sheriff’s office. Sierra drove to the top of Geysers Road near the Calpine geothermal plant where he shot Martinez, according to…

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