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Alabama hostage standoff ends with child safe, gunman dead
Feb 4, 2013, - 0 Comments

Feb. 4, 2013 Reuters

A gunman holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker in rural Alabama was killed on Monday and the child was plucked to safety without injury, a local law enforcement official said.

"It's all over," said the official, who asked not to be identified by name because he had not been authorized to discuss the operation that led to the successful rescue of the child.

"The boy is OK," he said.

The rescue of boy came on the seventh day of a standoff in a rural corner of southeast Alabama involving a suspect identified as 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, a retired trucker and Vietnam veteran.

Dykes seized the boy last Tuesday after boarding a school bus near his home and killing its driver with four shots from a 9 mm handgun, local sheriff's department officials said.

The law enforcement source said a stun or flash grenade was detonated as part of the operation to free the boy, but further details were not immediately available.

Texas man arraigned on murder charges in shooting of "American Sniper"
Feb 3, 2013, - 0 Comments

 

Feb. 3, 2013 Reuters

The man accused of gunning down former U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, a prominent military sniper, and a second man at a Texas shooting range has been arraigned on two counts of capital murder, the Texas Department of Public Safety said on Sunday.

Eddie Ray Routh, 25, was accused of killing Kyle, 38, and Chad Littlefield, 35, a neighbor of Kyle, on Saturday afternoon at the Rough Creek Lodge, about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth, the department said.

"They were shot at close range," said department spokesman Sergeant Lonny Haschel said.

Kyle, considered one of America's deadliest snipers after killing 160 people during his career as U.S. Navy SEAL sniper, wrote the book "American Sniper" about his military service from 1999 to 2009.

Routh, described in local media reports as a former Marine who suffered from post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), was arrested at his Lancaster, Texas home several hours after the shooting, having led police on a chase in his pickup truck.

"He was taken into custody after a brief pursuit," Haschel said.

According to a posting on a website run by members of the Special Operations Forces community, Kyle had been volunteering his time to help Marine Corps veterans suffering from PTSD and mentoring them.

Prosecutors allege police role in deadly Egypt soccer riot
Feb 1, 2013, - 0 Comments

Feb. 2, 2013 McClatchy Newspapers

The rivalry between Port Said’s al Masry soccer club and Cairo’s al Ahly team is legendary, so angry and violent that for many years police made a habit of escorting fans into and out of the stadium for fear of violence.

But on Feb. 1, 2012, those precautions were forgotten. The melee that followed the game that day left 74 people dead – and heaped more fuel on Egypt’s simmering cauldron of discontent.

Last weekend more than 60 people died in riots that were triggered when a judge sentenced 21 people to death for their roles in last year’s stampede. On Friday, thousands turned out for protests around the country to mark the anniversary of the tragedy, with many using the occasion to renew their calls for the resignation of President Mohammed Morsi. Some threw Molotov cocktails over the walls of the presidential palace and battled with presidential guards. One person was killed and at least 48 people were injured near the palace.

Yet for all the attention the events of that day have received in Egypt, few people know the details of what happened. Egyptian journalists have been forbidden, under penalty of jail, from reporting on the specifics of the criminal cases lodged against 75 defendants. No official report has been issued on the incident. If there had been, people might be even angrier.

A 200-page summary of the prosecution’s case, obtained by McClatchy, claims that what took place was a planned assault that could be blamed as much on police as on overzealous fans.

Woman allegedly uses car test drive to rob bank
Feb 1, 2013, - 0 Comments

Jan 31, 2013 Yahoo

A California man became an unsuspecting getaway driver when a woman taking a test drive in his car stopped to rob a bank.

The Manteca Bulletin first reported that Gail Castle asked to take the 1987 Chrysler 5th Avenue for a test drive but that the owner, who asked to remain anonymous, insisted on coming along for the ride.

A few blocks into the ride, Castle allegedly asked the man to pull over to a nearby Bank of America so she could withdraw the necessary funds to pay him the $2,200 asking price for the vehicle.

She reportedly emerged a few minutes later, “flashing him a purse stuffed with bills,” according to local Fox affiliate KTXL.

The pair then headed to the man’s house to complete the transaction. However, the police were also on their way.

Castle, 51, reportedly handed the Bank of America teller a note reading, “This is a robbery and I don’t want anybody to get hurt.”

Kaufman County, Texas Assistant DA Shot & Killed Near Courthouse
Jan 31, 2013, - 0 Comments

Mark Hasse (credit: Kaufman County Sheriff's Office)Jan. 31, 2013 CBSDFW.COM

KAUFMAN COUNTY – An assistant district attorney with the Kaufman County District Attorney’s Office has been shot and killed. The shooting happened around 8:50 a.m.

Officials have confirmed to CBS 11 News that Chief Prosecutor Mark Hasse was shot in the parking lot of the department of motor vehicles, which is across the street from the county courthouse. Hasse was transported to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman where he was pronounced dead.

During a 10:30 a.m. press conference officials confirmed that Hasse was walking to his office, from the parking lot, when he was assaulted by an unknown person and “shot multiple times.” Mark Hasse graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1981 and had been licensed to practice law since 1982.

Thursday afternoon SMU issued a statement saying, “The SMU Dedman School of Law community is deeply saddened and shocked at the news of the death of our alumnus and dedicated public servant, Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Hasse’s family and friends during this very difficult and painful time.”

Hasse, 57, had been a Kaufman County District Attorney since July of 2010.

Atlanta: Student shot at Price Middle School
Jan 31, 2013, - 0 Comments

Jan. 31, 2013 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A 14-year-old student shot in the head at an Atlanta school Thursday is “alert, conscious and breathing,” said police.

The shooting occurred outside Price Middle School in southeast Atlanta, said Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos.

The victim has been taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

A teacher has been injured. One suspect is in custody, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Channel 2’s Tom Jones said students have been taken into an auditorium and are not being released at this time.

An AJC reporter at the scene said the area has been cordoned off by police and concerned parents are waiting outside.

Police helicopters are overhead.

Atlanta Public Schools have scheduled a 4 p.m. press conference.

The Atlanta public school is located north of the Lakewood area at 1670 Benjamin Weldon Bickers Drive S.E.

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