Garcia did not have a concealed weapons permit to carry the handgun, which was loaded. Garcia was ineligible for the permit because he had been convicted of several misdemeanor offenses. Before running from police, Garcia dropped several plastic grocery bags containing mostly personal effects like clothing and shoes, police Lt. John Evans said. Freire said investigators hoped a more thorough search of those plastic bags would lead to information on a possible motive for Garcia to run. “We’re hoping that conversations with friends, family and associates will shed some light onto why he was armed,” Frerie said. Police would not verify Monday that a drug deal was taking place at the time of the shooting. They declined to say whether Garcia was in possession of drugs or large amounts of cash. email@example.com (909) 483-8553 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ONTARIO – An Ontario police officer shot and killed a 23-year-old Whittier man late Sunday after police said he brandished a handgun during a foot chase and aimed it toward the officer. Christopher Michael Garcia was shot once in the chest and was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene. Police received a tip at 10:15p.m. that a drug deal was taking place outside a convenience store at the southwest corner of Fourth Street and Mountain Avenue. Officers arrived shortly after 11 p.m. They approached Garcia because he matched the description provided by the caller of one of the men involved in the reported drug deal. When Garcia saw the officer, he ran west away from police along Fourth Street, police said. The officer chased him, and during the chase Garcia pulled a chrome semi-automatic handgun from his waistband, police said. The officer “felt he was going to be fired upon,” Ontario police Detective Robert Freire said. The officer fired one shot at Garcia, striking him in the chest. Garcia immediately collapsed on the sidewalk. Police did not identify by name the officer who shot Garcia. Police said the officer is a corporal who has worked for the department for 11 years. The officer was placed on administrative leave, a routine practice in officer-involved shootings. Garcia’s death marks the first officer-involved shooting in Ontario since July, which was the only officer-involved shooting in 2006, Freire said. There were two officer-involved shootings in 2005. Police said they are unsure why Garcia ran when confronted. There were no warrants out for his arrest.
31 August 2004South Africa added two more silvers to its medal tally as the Athens Olympics concluded, to finish with six medals in all, an improvement of one over Sydney in 2004.In the last three days of competition Hestrie Cloete and Mbulaeni Mulaudzi ended second in the high jump and 800 metres respectively. Given the two athletes’ form going into the competition, the first result was a minor disappointment, the second a major triumph.Cloete outclassed on the nightCloete came up against Yelena Slesarenko who, coming into the competition, was tied with her for the highest clearance in the world in 2004 of 2.04 metres.Paralympic Team SA rocks! – It was a case of saving the best for last as Zanele Situ, who successfully defended the javelin title she won in Sydney four years ago, was awarded the Whang Youn Dai Overcome prize at the close of the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games.The South African, though, entered the event with all the qualifications to make her the gold medal favourite. She was the IAAF’s female athlete of the year in 2003. She was also unbeaten in Golden League competitions in 2004.Both jumpers started out beautifully, clearing on their first six attempts, from 1.89 metres all the way through to 2.02 metres. Cloete then experienced her first failure at 2.04 metres. Slesarenko immediately put the pressure on with a comfortable clearance.Cloete lined up her next jump with determination etched on your face. She charged hard at the bar, but got her run-up wrong and had to duck under the bar, costing her a jump and leaving her with only one more attempt.The two-time world champion decided to move the bar up by two centimetres for her final jump to 2.06 metres, equal to her lifetime best. It was a brave decision, but it didn’t come off as Cloete again failed to clear.Ironically, when Slesarenko went over first time at 2.06 metres she did what Cloete had done when she won the World Championships in 2003 – first-time clearances all the way to 2.06 metres.Mulaudzi puts troubles behind himMbulaeni Mulaudzi’s silver in the 800 metres came as something of a surprise, despite the fact that for most of 2004 he was ranked number one in the world. He had struggled with illness and injury in the lead-up to the Athens Games, and as a result his form was not what it might have been.Nonetheless, he booked his place in the final with two decent runs in the heats and semi-finals. Hezekiel Sepeng, the silver medal winner in the fastest Olympic 800 metres final in history in Atlanta in 1996, also went through as the second of the fastest losers.In the final Mulaudzi put all his trials and tribulations behind him to move up one position from the third place he had achieved at the World Championships in Paris last year to capture silver.Russia’s Yuri Borzakovskiy snatched gold in 1:44.45, while Mulaudzi out-kicked world record holder Wilson Kipketer to finish second in 1:44.61 to the 1:44.65 of the great Dane. Sepeng finished sixth. Update 5 – So close for Van CollerUpdate 4 – SA’s first rowing Olympic medalUpdate 3 – Archer, beach volleyballers shineUpdate 2 – Schoeman bags another medalUpdate 1 – SA swimmers stun the world Relay disasterOther South African competitors were less successful. The men’s 4x400m relay failed to finish in the heats for the final after a botched baton change.Arnaud Malherbe, a member of the quartet, reckoned fellow team member Hendrick Mokganyetsi said the baton was knocked out of his hand by a Russian athlete at the first handover. Mokganyetsi ran back to pick the baton up, but then decided not to continue as the rest of the teams had already roared on by.Bright future for Sandler16-year old Stephanie Sandler failed to qualify for the all-round competition of the rhythmic gymnastics competition. However, her showing of twenty-second overall was more than decent, especially considering her young age. Sandler still has plenty of time to improve, develop, and learn, and better things can be expected of her in the future.Hockey: three greats retireSouth Africa’s women’s hockey team ended their tournament on a high, edging out Spain 4-3 in extra time to finish in ninth place. The final placing was a disappointment because the side failed to play to its potential in some games. That was emphasised when Germany won gold against the Netherlands; earlier in the competition South Africa had outclassed the Germans 3-0.The South African men’s team finished tenth after another tough loss, as had been the case throughout much of the tournament. Facing Great Britain, Craig Jackson and company went one goal down in the forty-third minute, but just two minutes later Greg Nicol leveled the scores at one-all.Neither team was able to break the impasse. With that, the match ultimately moved into penalty strokes and Great Britain emerged 4-3 winners from the spot.The match also brought to an end the careers of three of South Africa’s greatest hockey players ever. Gregg Clark retired as the country’s most capped player of all time, having reached the 250-Test mark in Athens.Captain, Craig Jackson, who reached 200 caps at the Olympics, also called it a day, while Greg Nicol, too, decided to call it quits after an extraordinary career. In 200 matches he scored almost 250 goals, a record good enough to qualify him as one of the all-time greats.Fighters: another dayDuncan Mahlangu failed to move beyond the preliminary round of the 68-kilogram category in the Taekwondo competition, going down to Gabriel Sagustume of Guatemala. He could have had another opportunity to move on had Sagastume won his next bout, but when he lost Mahlangu’s Olympic competition was over.Wrestler Shaun Williams was eliminated when he suffered defeats to the other two men in his 55-kilogram elimination pool. Bulgaria’s Velikov Radoslav easily beat the South African 13-2, but it was tight against China’s Zhengyu Li, who claimed a 5-4 victory. Interestingly, Li went on to defeat Radoslav.Finally, the marathonThe final event of the Olympics, as is traditional, was the marathon, run over a hilly course. Early on South Africa’s trio of Hendrick Ramaala, Ian Syster, and Gert Thys looked strong, running up at the front of the race and setting the pace.However, that strong running signaled only a false dawn as both Syster and Ramaala fell out, with Thys going on to finish in sixteenth place.SA’s Olympic medal winnersGoldMen’s 4x100m freestyle relay team (Roland Schoeman, Lyndon Ferns, Darian Townsend, Ryk Neethling) in a world record 3:13.17SilverHestrie Cloete – women’s high jump, 2.02 metresMbulaeni Mulaudzi – men’s 800 metres, 1:44.61Roland Schoeman – men’s 100 metres freestyle, 48.23BronzeDonovan Cech / Ramon Di Clemente – men’s rowing pairs, 6:33.40Roland Schoeman – men’s 50m freestyle, 22.02 Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
DefinitionKyphoplasty is used to treat painful compression fractures in the spine. In a compression fracture, all or part of a spine bone collapses.The procedure is also called balloon kyphoplasty.Alternative Names Balloon kyphoplastyDescriptionKyphoplasty is done in a hospital or outpatient clinic.You may have local anesthesia (awake and unable to feel pain). You will likely also receive medicine to help you relax and feel sleepy.You may receive general anesthesia. You will be asleep and unable to feel pain.You lie face down on a table. The health care provider cleans the area of your back and applies medicine to numb the area.The doctor places a needle through the skin and into the spine bone. Real-time x-ray images are used to guide the doctor to the correct area in your lower back.A balloon is placed through the needle, into the bone, and then inflated. This restores the height of the vertebrae. Cement is then injected into the space to make sure it does not collapse again.Why the Procedure Is PerformedA common cause of compression fractures of the spine is thinning of your bones, or osteoporosis. Your doctor may recommend this procedure if you have severe and disabling pain for 2 months or more that does not get better with bed rest, pain medicines, and physical therapy.Your doctor may also recommend this procedure if you have a painful compression fractures of the spine due toCancer, including multiple myelomaInjury that caused broken bones in the spineRisksadvertisementKyphoplasty is generally safe. Complications may include:BleedingInfectionAllergic reactions to medicinesBreathing or heart problems if you have general anesthesiaLeakage of the bone cement into surrounding area (this can cause pain if it affects the spine or nerves). Leakage can lead to other treatments to remove the cement.Before the ProcedureBefore surgery, always tell your doctor or nurse:If you could be pregnantWhat drugs you are taking, even those you buy without a prescriptionIf you have been drinking a lot of alcoholDuring the days before the surgery:You may be asked to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, coumadin (warfarin), and other drugs that make it hard for your blood to clot.Ask your doctor which drugs you should still take on the day of the surgery.If you smoke, tried to stopOn the day of the surgery:You will usually be told not to drink or eat anything for several hours before the test.Take your drugs your doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive.After the ProcedureYou will probably go home on the same day of surgery. You should not drive, unless your doctor says it is OK.After the procedure:You should be able to walk. However, it is best to stay in bed for the first 24 hours, except to use the bathroom.After 24 hours, slowly return to your regular activities.Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities for at least 6 weeks.Apply ice to the wound area if you have pain where the needle was inserted.Outlook (Prognosis)People who have kyphoplasty often have less pain and a better quality of life after the surgery. They often need fewer pain medicines, and can move better than before.ReferencesWardlaw D, Cummings SR, Van Meirhaeghe J, et al. Efficacy and safety of balloon kyphoplasty compared with non-surgical care for vertebral compression fracture (FREE): a randomised controlled trial. Lancet. 2009;373(9668):1016-24.Berenson J, Pflugmacher R, Jarzem P, et al.; Cancer Patient Fracture Evaluation (CAFE) Investigators. Balloon kyphoplasty versus non-surgical fracture management for treatment of painful vertebral body compression fractures in patients with cancer: a multicentre, randomised controlled trial. Lancet Oncol. 2011 Mar;12(3):225-35.Anselmetti GC, Muto M, Guglielmi G, et al. Percutaneous vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty. Radiol Clin North Am. 2010 May;48(3):641-9.Review Date:10/14/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.