first_img Tags: Election 2015 Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Navarro’s Martial Arts Academy has been operating in the Mission for more than 40 years. Pictures of founder Carlos Navarro standing among past generations of young fighters cover the walls. And trophies dating back as far as the 60’s loom over young, mostly Latino, students as they strike punching bags with controlled shrieks of aggression.“This is what they’re taking away from the Mission,” said Rubie Navarro, Carlos Navarro’s daughter, who runs the studio with her father. “The community is really going to lose a precious diamond.”In May, Navarro’s rent tripled. Despite the legacy the martial arts studio has built over past four decades, the Navarro’s fear they must shutter, being unable to afford the $6,500 per month their landlord is now demanding. “Some renters have protections,” Rubie said. “But there’s no protection for San Francisco businesses.”But that could change. Supervisor David Campos, along with nonprofit San Francisco Heritage, has launched an effort to preserve long-time San Francisco business considered essential to San Francisco’s soul. “If the city can help Twitter, why can’t we help businesses that are critical to San Francisco’s character?” Sup. Campos said. It all sounds easy, but can become more complicated in practice.  “How do you legislatiate what community means?” asked Nancy Chárraga, self-described cultural preservationist and owner of fair trade import store Casa Bonampak. “Who has a right to define that? Everyone who works in my store lives and works in the Mission.”Chárraga said the legacy business program reminds her of problems that arose when SF Heritage and merchants association Calle 24 SF established the Latino cultural corridor–namely, that “culture” and “community” are hard to define.Casa Bonampak, like Lost Weekend Video on Valencia Street and Morena’s Fashion on 24th Street, isn’t yet 30 years old. And the store is not eligible for an exemption, which requires a business to have been open for 20 years and be in serious risk of displacement. Chárraga argues the threshold should be lowered to ten or fifteen years. “If you survived those years, you survived both waves of gentrification,” she said. But even though Chárraga feels left out of the plan, she said she won’t be bothered. “This is what immigrants feel: a lot of businesses that fled Central American wars don’t count on anyone to bail them out,” she said. “We’re surviving on our own, and we just have to count our ourselves.”The legacy project is being rolled out in two phases. The first phase, which was approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors in March, created a legacy business registry. A business can join the registry if it has been open for more than 30 years and can prove that it has contributed significantly to San Francisco’s identity. If a business is 20 years or more and is in significant risk of displacement, the business too is eligible for grants.  The second phase – Proposition J –  will be voted on in November and in Campos’s words, “add heat” to the registry by creating a $3 million fund for registered businesses and property owners.  Legacy businesses would be eligible for an annual $500 per full-time employee.  Property owners leasing space to a legacy business would receive $4.50 per square foot if they extended a business tenant’s lease to ten years. Campos says the Mission District has the most legacy businesses with Chinatown and North Beach close behind. On 24th Street alone, there are 21 businesses that have been open for more than 30 years, according Erick Arguello of Calle 24 Latino Cultural District, an organization that works to preserve the 24th Street in the Mission.But nine of those businesses own their own buildings so they would only be eligible for the $500 grant per employee. Arguello noted that because these businesses are less at risk of being displaced, the process will “work differently” with them. He said those details have yet to be ironed out. Louie Gutierrez, part owner of the La Reyna Bakery & Coffee Shop, which has been on 24th Street since 1977, said that even though the family owns the building, his bakery could use the help. But, he said, he and some Mission business owners fear that the application process could be too complicated. “If we have to jump through too many hoops, we might shy away from it,” he said. Indeed, for a business to join the registry, it must receive a nomination from a supervisor or the Mayor, must prove to the Small Business Commission—which seeks analysis from the Historic Preservation Commission—that it has contributed to the city’s history and identity. And in order to receive grants, a businesses must file an annual application with city. “It would be sort of like going to jury duty,” Gutierrez said.But Gutierrez ultimately appreciates the intention of the program, as do some owners of relatively new small businesses that might not even qualify for the grants. “I’d be bummed out if this [24th Street] became Valencia Street,” said Scot Thompson, owner of Mission Skateboard, which has been in the Mission for about seven years.Yet some businesses feel that they are contributing to the neighborhood’s identity and are struggling like everyone else. Lost Weekend Video has been on Valencia Street for 18 years. “We’re a hard scrabble, nickel and dime kind of shop,” said Adam Pfahler, Lost Weekend’s owner. “I wouldn’t throw us under the hipster bus. We’re part of the community.” But the video store is just shy of the 20 year mark, which means the legacy program would leave Pfahler and his business by the wayside, even though Lost Weekend is struggling. “We would be interested in applying in two years if we’re still around,” he said. “Maybe if we get a special exemption, it would put us through the next year.” Morena’s Fashion has been on 24th Street for eleven years. It’s owner, Luz Morena Martinez, feels that she’s contributed enough to the neighborhood’s character and community to receive assistance. “Congratulations to them that they’ve been here for 30 years, but it’s not fair,” she said. “We all try to survive.” Martinez said that a little money from the city would go a long way for her business. She said she would use the grants to buy new clothes for her store. “If I put different clothes up, business would be much better,” she said. “It’s [the legacy program] is good for the older businesses, but it would be nice if it included all of us,” said Denise Gonzales, owner of Luz de Luna, a Latino gift shop, which has been on 24th Street for three years. “We’re all fighting,” she said.For her part, Rubie Navarro doesn’t know how long she and her father can keep up their own fight for their martial arts studio. “We always tell our students, ‘whatever they throw at you, fight back twice as hard,’” she said. center_img 0%last_img read more

first_img Tags: boogaloos • Business • Fires • restaurants Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Neighbors from across 22nd Street said they did not see the flames and were roused only by a neighbor’s knocking. The fire was put out by 1:15 a.m.A ladder extending from 22nd Street towards the roof of Boogaloos restaurant to fight the one-alarm fire on March 7, 2016. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros. center_img A one-alarm fire started in the office space above Boogaloos restaurant on 22nd and Valencia shortly after midnight on Monday morning, though no injuries were reported and the flames were put out within 30 minutes. The restaurant is closed for repairs, likely until Thursday.The popular brunch joint, which was the site of a small pseudo-fire six months ago, was rumored to be closing by the end of 2015, though it has managed to stay in place for the indefinite future.Early Monday morning, smoke rose from the top of the two-story building as ladders were extended to the roof from fire engines on both 22nd and Valencia streets. Assistant Chief Tom Siragusa said the fire originated in the office space above the restaurant and that one room — and its contents — suffered extensive damage on the second floor. Burned office rubble had been moved out of the building by Monday morning. An employee said the damage was mostly to an area of the ceiling along Valencia street.The restaurant below also suffered water damage from the fire-fighting efforts to the top floor, Siragusa said, but he did not know how extensive that damage was. The cause of the fire is under investigation, he added.last_img read more

first_imgA spokesperson said via a voicemail message that no foul play was suspected in the “person under the train” incident and that the incident was not an accident, but did not elaborate on the cause. BART police officers on the scene refused to answer questions about the incident.“I can report that based on initial investigations, there’s no foul play or accident-type scenarios involved in this situation,” said Alicia Trost, the BART spokesperson, in a recording left on her voicemail. Trost said the victim was an adult male, but that no other information was available.Officials said to expect 20 minute delays on the Daly City line as a result of the incident.The 16th Street station was closed to all BART trains for about two hours, with trains passing through the station but not stopping there. System-wide delays were caused in both the Daly City and East Bay directions by the incident, and some trains were being held at the Montgomery Street station to ease congestion there. 0% Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% A man was struck and killed by a BART train at the 16th Street station at 7:22 p.m. on Friday night, according to BART officials. The station was closed from just after 7:30 p.m. until 9:32 p.m, officials said, and normal services were resumed then. 16th st station is now open. We are terribly sorry for inconvenience this evening. We still have delays but working to get back to normal.— SFBART (@SFBART) September 10, 2016last_img read more

first_img 0% “It has affected us so severely, I doubt we’ll ever recover from it completely,” said Montana Swiger, a single mother who was evicted from her Mission District residence four years ago because her landlord said he wanted to move his elderly father into her unit.Swiger said she was forced to take a buyout and now lives in Oakland – while her landlord broke current city laws by failing to move his father in and selling the building just three years following the eviction. But because of a one-year statute of limitations on evicted tenants taking legal action, Swiger is now unable to sue. “We moved from the Mission under great duress.Then a few weeks later we got the paperwork that had nothing to do with that and was a minimal buyout that signed away all my rights,” she said. “The thing about these evictions that’s so dangerous is you don’t know until [years] afterwards what is happening.“Deepa Varma, director of the San Francisco Tenants Union, said,  “After a year and a half of work we have come up with a set of tools to fight back and we’ve shared these with multiple supervisors.”The Mission District-based tenants rights organization along with other tenant groups have offered recommendations and research to Peskin and Kim,  but said that Farrell, whose bill is backed by the San Francisco Apartment Association, failed to consult with those affected or with the expert advocates.Both bills would require landlords pursuing an owner move-in to state their intent to reside in their properties under penalty of perjury. They would also extend the statute of limitation from one to three years for the time that an affected tenant can file a wrongful eviction claim.Farrell’s bill dictates that landlords must live in their properties for at least three years before re-renting their units, and provide annual proof of their tenancy or that of a relative. Advocates and tenants who have been affected by such evictions say that Farrell’s bill lacks a key component– enforcement tools. While Farrell’s proposal creates a set of reporting requirements, it does not strengthen those requirements with legal or financial repercussions if landlords fail to comply.They favor Peskin and Kim bill, which allows third party nonprofits to sue landlords even after a tenant has waived their rights.“The biggest problem is tenants are forced to waive their rights to sue [when accepting a buyout from a landlord] which gives landlords basically a free pass,” said tenant lawyer Scott Weaver. “They re-rent units at a higher amount, or sell the property, they don’t move in, which is really what the purpose of the OMI eviction is.”Allowing nonprofits to sue when the landlord violates the law and a tenant has waived their rights is a way to still “look over a landlord’s shoulder,” said Weaver.  Requiring a statement of occupancy and imposing fines if a landlord fails to comply will additionally thwart abuse, he said.Peskin and Kim’s proposal would also require landlords who move out up to five years after an owner-move in eviction to locate their previous tenants and offer them the units back, at the previous rent. It also regulates owner move-ins by subjecting landlords to criminal charges and penalties should they re-rent their units at higher rates after an eviction. Farrell’s bill was heard at the Land Use Committee on Monday, with some controversy. According to a press release by the tenant rights organization Causa Justa, the authors of the tenant-backed proposal had requested that their bill be heard. Instead, Farrell, who is the committee’s president, “scheduled his own legislation and fast-tracked it to be voted on at the Full board the next day, June 13.”Farrell responded to these accusations in committee by accepting several amendments and continuing the hearing to June 26, so that both proposals could be heard side by side.   “We were not made aware of this legislation and not able to agendize it for today’s meeting,” he said. “I believe in transparency – this wasn’t publicly available until Friday morning and I want to make sure we have wholesome conversations about this.”In committee, Farrell’s bill received some support from homeowners who felt that the reporting requirements and legal implications under Peskin and Kim’s bill are too stringent.“I am a senior and my mother is in a wheelchair. I had to do a legitimate relative move-in evictions. If you want me to report it every year because i have to take care of my mother and forget, you are going to put me in jail?” asked a woman who gave her name as Kathy. “I can support Farrell’s legislation, but if you go beyond you are creating a lot of burden on people like me,” she said. Tags: housing • Jane Kim Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Tenants rights groups rallied on the steps of City Hall on Monday to oppose what they say is a weak bill to curb owner move-in evictions. The bill introduced Supervisor Mark Farrell, they argue,undermines a much stronger competing bill introduced by Supervisors Aaron Peskin and Jane Kim.Under current law, landlords are permitted to evict their tenants if they or a family member plans to reside in the rented property.  But a six-month investigation by NBC Bay Area revealed that as many as 25 percent of owner move-in evictions they studied were fraudulent.  Nevertheless, in the last decade, not a single landlord has faced prosecution.Tenants displaced from the Mission and other neighbors who attended the rally testified about landlords’ abuse of current laws and their own inability to take action once an eviction is completed.  They called for stronger laws to prevent the fraudulent evictions.last_img read more

first_img Email Address,0% Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter The trial of the woman accused of killing and dismembering her 61-year-old roommate continues to stall, awaiting the final autopsy report. On Wednesday morning, Lisa Gonzales briefly appeared in court to once again waive her right to a hearing within 60 days. Gonzales, who has been held without bail since her arrest June 2, will next appear in court on August 22, by which time attorneys may have received the autopsy of Margaret Mamer and the case can move forward to preliminary hearings. The District Attorney’s office has shared all discovery with Gonzales’s public defender, Alex Lilien, including photos from the autopsy and recorded interviews.  “There are videos, there are photos and, most important, we are gonna wanna look at the autopsy report,” Lilien told reporters Wednesday.center_img Gonzales was arrested and charged with the murder of Mamer after police in June visited their apartment at 255 14th Street. That was in response to a missing person’s report, and a separate report suspecting foul play.After Gonzales gave officers permission to search the residence, the police discovered a large plastic bin in a communal storage area. When they opened it they found a plastic bag covered with maggots and with a “dark, viscous” liquid “bubbling” out. Gonzales “expressed reservations about officers continuing their search,” according to court documents. At that point, officers arrested Gonzales and requested a search warrant.With the warrant, police found Mamer’s rotting remains: her legs and arms had been sawed off. According to court documents, Mamer may have been killed as much as two weeks before her remains were discovered. A third roommate at 255 14th Street told police that they noticed noxious smells May 15, and heard a “sawing” sound coming from the bathroom the next day. The other roommate never saw Mamer again; Gonzales told them that Mamer had left, “but not the way she should have,” according to court documents. The roommate eventually told this information to another person, who took it to the police.Gonzales offered Mamer a place to live last August after the two met at Whole Foods. The two started to clash soon after, and Gonzales told her to leave or face eviction in mid-April.When police arrested Gonzales June 2, she told them she didn’t have a “real recollection” of what happened, but that on May 15 she and Mamer had gotten into an argument when Mamer refused to move out. Gonzales told police she thought she may have “flipped.” When asked what she may have done, her response to police was “probably nothing good.” last_img read more

first_imgFollowing a 12-month investigation, the city of San Francisco has billed the Southern Pacific Transportation Company $17,425.57 in unpaid taxes on a vacant parcel of land between 22nd Street and Treat Avenue that was once part of its railroad right-of-way through the Mission. And yet, Southern Pacific doesn’t exist. And hasn’t for quite some time. The company halted all freight service on the line in 1991 and was purchased and merged with Union Pacific five years later. Hannah Bolte, a spokeswoman for Union Pacific, said Southern Pacific has “no people, no offices, no property.” Email Address Union Pacific has consistently denied owning the property.Whoever does could be in for quite the windfall: The assessed value of Lot 36 is $277,948, which dwarfs the back taxes. But that assessment is just a fraction of its current market value, conservatively estimated to be worth at least $5 million by Michael Barnacle, a managing broker at Zephyr Real Estate.He said the 23,522-square-foot parcel could be worth as much as $10 million, depending on the developer and the circumstances under which development commences.“Parcel 36.” Photo by Elizabeth Creely.The Mission Greenway, an organization of the parcel’s neighbors, are hoping that development is minimal. Other vacant parcels in the Mission have sold for hefty sums. Recently, Lucca Ravioli Company sold its 4,132-square-foot parking lot for $3.2 million dollars. If the current tax bill remains unpaid for five years, the parcel could be auctioned for non-payment of back taxes after July 1, 2024, according to Amanda Fried, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector.The yearlong investigation has deepened rather than resolved the mystery of just who owns this parcel.It’s far from clear that an actual owner has been found. The “assessee,” Southern Pacific, is not necessarily the owner of the parcel, according to Nicole Agbayani, Director of Community Affairs for Assessor Carmen Chu. “The term ‘assessee’ is not the same as the owner. They might own, claim, possess or control the property. The assessee doesn’t necessarily have the right to sell the property. There’s some confusion around that,” Agbayani said, noting that the assessor’s office wouldn’t be responsible for determining the owner, either.“That’s a question for a land-use lawyer,” Agbayani said. Any land-use lawyer who takes on untangling the history of ownership of the parcel will have their work cut out for them. No city official will go on record to discuss the numerous legal actions between the Southern Pacific Transportation Company, whose assets are now owned by Union Pacific, and nearby property owners. The Assessor’s office won’t describe which documents or individuals were consulted by the city in its  investigation. The decision to not disclose the methods it used to identify Southern Pacific was upheld by the City Attorney’s office.Rusting tracks reveal the past lives of Parcel 36. Photo by Elizabeth Creely.The move to keep confidential the discovery process rankled the members of the Mission Greenway group, who have been waiting for a year for an update. During the period when the first round of tax bills was prepared, Greenway member Daniel Matarozzi asked for updates of the investigation from the Assessor’s office, but was told that assessee had not yet been identified. Later, he filed requests for information citing the city’s Sunshine Ordinance, but they were refused. Matarozzi is angered by the lack of disclosure that has shrouded the process and prevented the Mission Greenway group from getting answers. “What in hell is the Assessor’s office doing by pretending they didn’t know who the real owner is?” said Matarozzi. Tree Rubenstein, who has tried to identify the owner of the parcel since the 1980s, is dismayed by the lack of disclosure and confused by the Assessor’s decision. “I really didn’t know what to expect in terms of outcomes of our work on this matter,” said Rubenstein. “I was hoping for the least as to having some clarity on who owns the land and how we can move forward as a neighborhood group. Unfortunately, we seem to be in the same place we were a year ago.”A railway switch protrudes from Parcel 36. Photo by Elizabeth Creely.Both Matarozzi and Rubenstein faulted not only the Assessor’s office but Supervisor Hillary Ronen’s office as well.“She needs to do something,” said Daniel Matarozzi. “We’ve been waiting and asking for months whether or not there would be a way to transfer the land to public use. It’s a logical locale — it’s adjacent to Parque Nino Unidos and would make a continuous greenway that the neighborhood needs.”Ronen sounded a note of support for neighborhood efforts to determine the future of Lot 36.“This oddly-shaped parcel is a rare bit of undeveloped space in the Mission,” Ronan said in a prepared statement. “I appreciate that there are community folks who want to see it preserved as public open space. Once the Assessor completes its task of untangling the complex ownership history, I would love to see if there’s a way we can work together to make the community’s wish come true.”Currently, the parcel’s future is in a stalemate: To date, none of the tax bills have been paid. It can’t be sold at public auction until five years have elapsed. In the meantime, the Mission Greenway group is determined to resolve the mystery. They’re seeking a land-use lawyer to end the uncertainty over the parcel’s past and uncertain future. “This whole situation has been very confusing and mysterious,’ group member Carol Scott said. “It has been disappointing how hard it has been to get answers about this forgotten piece of land.” Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter She declined to comment on whether Union Pacific would pay the back taxes on the land, known as “Lot 36.”“If San Francisco were to send a bill to Southern Pacific Transportation Company, we can’t definitively say where it would be delivered or if we’d ever be on the receiving end of it,” Bolte said. last_img read more

first_imgPAUL Wellens says hard work and the determination to improve is the only way Saints will bounceback on Sunday when they take on Castleford.Speaking to City Talk 105.9’s In Touch show – the station which partners our Official In Touch podcasts – he admitted last week’s performance just wasn’t good enough.“We were really disappointed with it,” he said. “The Chairman’s statement said it was sub-par – I think he was being polite there to be honest. We recognise we can perform much better and have to do moving forward.“In training this week our determination to improve is still there and we will continue to work hard for each other. But we do recognise and understand the disappointment of our supporters.“I have been fortunate enough to be part of teams who have been successful. We have taken the adulation of the fans and paraded trophies in front of them.“That is the great side of being a player but we need to recognise in the good times you get the adulation and therefore when things don’t go right you get the criticism as well.“As players we don’t shy away from that and quite simply the performance on Friday wasn’t good enough.”Saints recorded a 48-18 home win over Castleford last time out and have beaten the Tigers on their last 10 meetings.“We know things will be ok if we work hard for each other, have the right mentality and strive to get better,” he continued. “We have every confidence we can do that. It will be a tough game on Sunday and we are under no illusions about how tough it will be. Castleford are a different team than they were a couple of months ago.“When people say ‘will St Helens make the eight’ that doesn’t sit right with me. We should be higher in the table but that is the situation we are in.“We have to start winning games as the teams around us are in similar positions. It is an important couple of months for us. We have to get our form right, pick up victories and take some momentum into the playoffs.”last_img read more

first_imgTWO students have tasted success at Langtree Park thanks to the partnership between the Saints and St Helens College.Jordanne Atherton and Ben Nikolls impressed professionals in the kitchen at Langtree Park during work experience which they undertook as part of their Professional Cookery course programme.The on the job portion of their course aims to develop their skills within a real environment, with students learning how to work under pressure, within set time scales and to a high standard.Jordanne and Ben were at Langtree Park during the busy festive period preparing for Christmas functions and parties.The pair not only supported a busy team baking scones, pies and chocolate tarts but also worked front of house waiting on.They’ve now completed an NVQ Level 2 in Professional Cookery and are studying towards their Level 3 qualification at the College. It provides students with work experience to increase employability, skills and knowledge within the catering industry.Jordanne, 19, a former Sutton High pupil from Warrington, enrolled at St Helens College to improve her employment prospects and to gain the qualifications and skills necessary to succeed as a chef.“I enrolled onto the Level 2 programme hoping to kick start my career in cookery,” he said. “I enjoyed the course so much I decided to enrol onto the Level 3 programme to increase my chances of securing full-time employment within the industry.“The course has opened up many doors for me and being offered a job in such a high class venue is a dream come true. I hope to continue learning, gain more work experience and hopefully be able to travel overseas during my career.”Ben, 17, a former St Edmund Arrowsmith High School pupil from Ashton, hoped to develop his skills, confidence and knowledge by enrolling onto the programme.And he is already gaining valuable work experience after securing employment within a local Tapas bar in his home town.He says: “The course has given me the skills set required to progress in a career in catering. I feel more confident thanks to the valuable work experience I have undertaken since joining the college. I now not only have a range of skills which I can transfer into the working world but I have developed the ability to work under pressure, to tight deadlines and as part of a team. I would really recommend the college and course.”Head of Sales and Marketing at St Helens RFC, Dave Hutchinson added: “Through our partnership we were delighted to help both Jordanne and Ben. They really impressed us during their work experience and Langtree Park and we’re sure they will continue to enhance their skills in the future.“Already the partnership between the club and the college is reaping rewards and we look forward to continuing and developing the relationship.”You can find out more information about Professional Cookery courses at St Helens College by calling 0800 99 66 99 or visiting www.sthelens.ac.uklast_img read more

first_img Brown’s Nissan Altima went through a ditch and across a set of railroad tracks, where it became lodged on the tracks.  The oncoming train had to be stopped to avoid impact with the disabled vehicle.During the chase, Brown discarded a bag from his vehicle. Detectives recovered the bag, a Crown Royal bag, containing several slips of heroin, several bags of marijuana, and a pill bottle containing Clonazepam tablets.Brown is being held at the Columbus County Law Enforcement Center under a $350,000 bond.Related Article: Police: Naked woman tries to bite off man’s genitalsHe is charged with 1 felony count of Possession with the Intent to Sell and/or Deliver Marijuana, 1 felony count of Possession with the Intent to Manufacture, Sell and/or Deliver Schedule IV, Controlled Substance, 2 felony counts of Trafficking Opium or Heroin, 1 felony count of Flee/Elude Arrest with a Motor Vehicle, 1 infraction of Failure to Wear Seat Belt. Patrick Wesley Brown (Photo: Columbus County Sheriff’s Office) CLARENDON, NC (WWAY) — The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit arrested a Tabor City man for selling and distributing heroin and prescription drugs in the Clarendon community. This investigation began from citizen complaints.The Vice/Narcotics Detectives from the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office were patrolling the area of Rough and Ready Road and Shade Fisher Road in Whiteville when they saw Patrick Wesley Brown driving without a seat belt. Detectives tried to pull him over but Brown sped away. Officer chased Brown for approximately 15 miles, reaching speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour.  The chase ended on Clarendon Chadbourn Road when the Brown ran a stop sign and wrecked.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (STARNEWS) — A former New Hanover County teacher of the year was arrested Friday night after reportedly crashing her car into three parked cars late Friday, according to a news release.Meredith Kokoski, 33, hit the three cars parked near the intersection of Third and Orange streets about 11 p.m. Friday, according to the release from the Wilmington Police Department. Her car rolled over after the crash, but she was not injured and nobody was inside the parked cars, the release said.- Advertisement – She was charged with driving while intoxicated.Click here to read more from the StarNews.last_img read more