Well, sorry the blog’s late, but I’ve never had a day like this – three different investigations breaking at once.
We started this day following up on our investigation into the Mayor’s Press Secretary, Peter Ragone. He finally admitted he used phony names to post comments on blogs – including the I-Teams’ – blasting the mayor’s critics and me.
Then, I got word the San Francisco Medical Examiner had finally wrapped up its investigation into Nick Torrico’s death. We first reported last October how the twenty-seven-year-old from Seattle died in a fall from a rooftop, after a failed rescue attempt. Torrico’s toxicology results were negative – he had no alcohol or drugs in his system. The M.E. did not rule it a suicide, because “the physical intervention and struggle with a fire department officer immediately prior to his fall can be interpreted as a sufficient intervening act, without which he may not have died.” We also reported the SFFD sent the family a bill for the young man’s medical care – more than $1,000.
Throughout the day, we heard rumblings that a female staffer for Gavin Newsom was complaining that Newsom had harassed her. Then, Newsom’s Campaign Manager Alex Tourk announced he was resigning for personal reasons. We thought there might be a connection – we had heard rumors of an affair between Ruby Rippey-Tourk and Newsom over the past six months. It came to a head when SF Gate went on-line this evening with a report that said Alex Tourk resigned after confronting Newsom about the affair.
We’ll be chasing that story Thursday. Oh, by the way, we have a very strong investigation into a restaurant owner who continued charging customers’ credit cards, months after the business shut down – and for much more money than you would pay for a Chinese dinner.
It might be another multiple-story day for the I-Team. You never know what the news day will bring.