February 12, 2014 |
COLUMBUS, N.M. - Each morning, embattled Mayor Nicole Lawson performs a private ritual in this tiny U.S.-Mexico border village of 1,600 isolated souls, a forgotten place with mostly unpaved roads and not a single stoplight. After brushing her teeth, she pads over to a white note board bearing only an oversize number scrawled in black. On this mid-January morning, she wipes away the "58," replacing it with "57. " With a sigh of satisfaction, Lawson, 39, counts down yet another difficult day until the end of her term running a hamlet that may be one of America's most dysfunctional communities.
February 11, 2014 |
Michael Dunn, on trial in the killing of an unarmed black teenager during a dispute over loud music, on Tuesday recounted their fatal confrontation, testifying that before shooting he saw a barrel of a gun and feared for his life. Dunn, 47, is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Jordan Davis , 17, at a Jacksonville, Fla. convenience store in November 2012. Dunn has also pleaded not guilty to three counts of attempted murder for firing at three of Davis' friends.
February 8, 2014 |
Thiago Silva, a 31-year-old Brazilian mixed martial artist, was being held without bond Saturday in a Florida jail after allegedly threatening his estranged wife with a gun Thursday. Silva, who had his Ultimate Fighting Championship contract terminated on Friday following news of his arrest, was taken into custody after a four-hour standoff with police in Broward County. Officials allege that Silva confronted his extranged wife, Thaysa, at a mixed martial arts academy in Oakland Park.
February 8, 2014 |
Barely a month ago, Christopher Pengra became mayor of a bedroom community outside Salt Lake City, anticipating the usual headaches of a fast-growing area, such humdrum fare as traffic congestion and zoning disputes. But there was nothing in his newcomer's manual to handle this: A Utah County sheriff's deputy was killed late last month, gunned down on a lonely rural highway in Eagle Mountain after stopping to assist a stranded motorist. Sgt. Cory Wride, 44, a father of five whom friends knew as a "shy cowboy," had served the town for two decades.
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February 7, 2014 |
Authorities are looking for the person who phoned in a shooting threat Thursday that led to the closure of Los Angeles Valley College and a nearby high school in the San Fernando Valley. The caller also accused a 21-year-old former student of making the threat. Authorities interviewed the woman at her Panorama City home after tracking her down. They also searched her apartment but found no weapons. In an interview with CBS on Thursday, the former student, identified as Sydnee Lewis, said the caller should be jailed for the hoax.
February 5, 2014
Re "One border, two views on firearms," Feb. 3 I am as much in favor of defending oneself and one's property with as many guns as a person wants. But when I read about Louis DiNatale's arrest after attempting to enter Canada and quickly turn around - after his car's GPS led him astray - because he lost track of a gun he had in his center console, I became concerned. This is not a bag of chips; this is a gun. Keep track of your weapons, and if your memory is fading, perhaps you shouldn't own a gun in the first place.
February 5, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - "I'm hit! I'm hit!" U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry cried into the southern Arizona darkness that night, Dec. 14, 2010. "I can't feel my legs!" The 40-year-old Border Patrol agent, who was less than four years on the job, collapsed and died in the desert brush near Rio Rico. Terry's killing unraveled the Justice Department-sanctioned "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking operation and triggered one of the biggest political controversies of President Obama's first term.
February 3, 2014 |
Louis DiNatale didn't intend to enter Canada when he and his wife wound up on a bridge from New York state to Ontario province one day in September, misdirected by an unreliable GPS. What began as an American couple's getaway to Vermont quickly turned into a lesson on the stark difference between the U.S. and Canada when it comes to gun laws. DiNatale, whose request to turn around and cross back into the U.S. was denied, then made another mistake. When a border official asked whether he had any weapons, he said no. Then the questions started about guns.
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February 3, 2014 |
A Temecula man who allegedly pointed a gun at a girl who knocked on his door to sell cookies on Sunday has been arrested, authorities said. The girl, described only as a minor, was going door-to-door selling in the area around the 31000 block of Strawberry Tree Lane when she and her father approached John Dodrill's house. After the girl knocked on his door, Dodrill, 59, allegedly answered with a gun pointed at her, according to Riverside County sheriff's officials. Her father, who witnessed the alleged incident, called police and Dodrill was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
January 31, 2014
Re "Police baffled by mall killings," Jan. 27 Can I be the only one at a loss to understand priorities? There have been fatal shootings at malls and schools just this month. The primary question afterward seems be about the motives. In fact, this article deals primarily with questions over what motivated the shooter at the Mall in Columbia. The question should be how the shooter got the gun. The priority should be on getting guns off the streets. Fewer guns means fewer shootings, saving more lives and making motives less relevant.