first_img“I think it shows that there are a lot of people in the community supporting us,” Brunner said. “Everybody stepped up.” Brunner said the AVC field is a more appropriate venue to host the MLS teams. “It’s the proper way to introduce the PDL to this city,” Brunner said. “We believe a professional-level team should be at the college. It’s the best facility we have, and I think it’s the proper way to introduce soccer to this city.” AVC President Jackie Fisher said the college is committed to making the school’s facility available to the public whenever possible, noting that requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Brunner said tickets to all Rattlers games can be purchased by logging on to the team’s official Web site,, or by calling the team’s office at (661) 951-9093. (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In a separate arrangement, the Rattlers reached an agreement with the Antelope Valley Union High School District for use of Knight High’s field for its regular season opener against the Ventura County Fusion. The Rattlers will play their remaining home games at Palmdale High, which is having its field reseeded, and is expected to be ready for use in time for the team’s May 10 game against the Real SoCal Quakes. Rattlers President and General Manager Gerald Brunner discovered that the Palmdale High field was unusable in a visit to the school three weeks ago. He cited a collaborative community effort to be pivotal in resolving what he acknowledged was a field-use “crisis.” He said his team would have faced a $6,500 fine and considerable embarrassment for not being able to host the MLS teams. Brunner credited officials from AVC, AVUHSD and representatives from the office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich for resolving the dilemma. LANCASTER – A field crisis that threatened to derail the Lancaster Rattlers’ inaugural soccer season is over. The Rattlers secured use of the Antelope Valley College field for their April 16 exhibition game against the Galaxy, which will kick off the Antelope Valley-based Premier Development League’s season. They will play exhibition games against Chivas USA on June 5 and July 11. Both Major League Soccer teams will send reserve squads to Lancaster. last_img read more

first_imgA BUNCRANA man, who threatened to punch his former partner’s teeth out, has been fined for a public order offence before Buncrana Court. James McMenamin, 36, with an address of Flat B, 23 Lower Main Street, Buncrana, was charged with being threatening, abusive and/or insulting outside Buncrana Courthouse, at Lower Main Street, on December 8, 2016. He also faced charges of criminal damage and possession of a knife at Buncrana Garda Station on December 31, 2017, and being threatening and abusive, intoxicated and giving a false name to Gardaí outside the Atlantic Bar on the same date.McMenamin pleaded guilty to all charges before him, when he appeared before Buncrana District Court.Garda Inspector David Murphy said on December 8, 2016, Garda Hooks was on duty at Buncrana Court when a lady, who was the ex partner of Mr. McMenamin, approached him.“Ms. Kelly told Garda Hooks that Mr. McMenamin threatened to punch her and knock her teeth out,” said Insp. Murphy.“They were in court for family law purposes. Garda Hooks later spoke with Mr. McMenamin but he said he wanted to seek legal advice first. He was later approached the following March but he declined to make a statement,” he added.In a separate incident gardaí were on patrol in Buncrana on New Year’s Eve night and at 11.10pm they saw males involved in an altercation outside the Atlantic Bar.Insp. Murphy said Gda. Kelly spoke with James McMenamin and made a demand of his name and address.“He said he was Seamus from Portlaoise but Garda Kelly suspected this was a false name so he arrested him but at this stage Mr. McMenamin became aggressive and resisted arrest,” explained Insp. Murphy.“At the Garda Station he was searched and a small knife was found on him. He was then placed in the cells and he damaged the mattress, pulling it apart.”Insp. Murphy said the damage amounted to €279, but he said Mr. McMenamin returned to the Garda Station after being released and paid €280.Judge Paul Kelly queried the cost of the mattress being €279, but Insp. Murphy said it is specifically designed.The court heard that McMenamin had previous convictions for assault, drugs charges in 2012 and 2011 and public order offences dating back to 2002. Insp. Murphy said he had 20 previous convictions in total.Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian said both Mr. McMenamin and his partner had been upset and tempers were frayed. He said he shouldn’t have said what he did but that it was an ‘exaggerated threat’ that he never intended to carry through.“He reacted badly to a stressful situation and has previous convictions – he lived a chaotic lifestyle,” said Mr. Dorrian.“But his attitude is improving, he is trying his best and has come a long way.”In relation to the other incident, Mr. Dorrian said the false name was Mr. McMenamin being sarcastic but his comedy ‘fell on deaf ears’.Mr. Dorrian said Mr. McMenamin went to White Oaks previously but had a relapse around the New Year. He said his client is ‘back on track’ now and back going to meetings.Regarding the incident McMenamin’s former partner, Judge Paul Kelly applied the probation act.However he fined him €100 for being threatening and abusive to Garda Kelly on New Year’s Eve. The criminal damage was struck out as he repaid the money to the gardaí and the possession of a knife charge was taken into consideration after Judge Kelly heard that it was a small penknife.The remaining charges were struck out.Fine for Buncrana man who threatened to punch former partner’s teeth out was last modified: February 14th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaBuncrana District CourtJames McMenaminJudge Paul Kellylast_img read more