CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2006 |
The man accused in this week's hit-and-run rampage that killed a pedestrian and injured at least 18 others was under psychiatric observation Thursday even as he faced charges of murder, attempted murder and battery. Omeed Aziz Popal, 29, was being held in a locked hospital jail cell and his first court appearance was delayed until Wednesday to await a report on his mental state. Relatives say Popal had been growing increasingly unstable.
July 27, 2006 |
A Brazilian actor clad only in swimming trunks and toting a gun stormed a TV studio and took a hostage during the filming of the "Snakes and Lizards" soap opera, in which he was once an extra. Ricardo Dualibi, who was sacked from the series in April, fired two shots into the air and seized one employee, a Globo spokeswoman said. He told police he did not intend to hurt anyone and only wanted to draw the studio's attention to his art. He was arrested for attempted murder.
June 26, 2006 |
A gunman shot six people, killing one, and started several fires at a 1.3-million-square-foot Safeway Inc. distribution center before police killed him, authorities said. "He was just shooting and lighting fires," said Safeway worker Jesus Lopez, who was about 20 feet from the gunman. Police said two of the gunfire victims were in critical condition, two were in serious condition -- including an officer who suffered a leg wound -- and one had been released from the hospital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2006 |
A woman who allegedly broke into a Lakewood home last week and fatally stabbed a woman and wounded three of her relatives was charged Tuesday with murder and attempted murder. Virginia Ann Krall, 22, is being held in lieu of $2.7-million bail, according to prosecutors. She is scheduled to be arraigned July 5. Yolanda Meraz, 37, died of her wounds and three relatives, all women, also were stabbed but survived the attack, which occurred in the 4300 block of Quigley Avenue.
May 28, 2006 |
A knife-wielding teenager went on a rampage and attacked pedestrians as they left a celebration inaugurating Berlin's new central rail station, wounding 27 people, police said. Police arrested a 17-year-old suspect, a German from Berlin's working-class Neukoelln district, police spokesman Bernhard Schodrowski said. None of the victims had life-threatening injuries, he said.
May 18, 2006 |
A gunman opened fire in Turkey's highest administrative court, killing one judge and wounding four, saying it was retaliation for a ruling against a teacher who wore a head scarf. Mustafa Yucel Ozbilgin, who died, and three other justices had voted in February against the promotion of a teacher who wore a head scarf outside work. The attacker was detained.
February 8, 2006 |
The teenager accused of going on a rampage at a gay bar in New Bedford and later killing two people fatally shot himself in the head, authorities said. Jacob Robida, 18, of New Bedford turned the gun on himself Saturday after he fatally shot a woman who was traveling with him, said Bristol County Dist. Atty. Paul Walsh Jr. Police originally said that they shot Robida after he fired at them at the end of a high-speed chase in rural Arkansas.
December 29, 2005 |
A man killed his mother and a co-worker and seriously wounded a teenage niece in an early morning shooting spree that ended when he committed suicide, Detroit police said. There was no information on a motive in any of the shootings. Police spokesman James Tate said family members told police that the shooter, Jamal Samuels, 22, had "mental issues."
December 18, 2005 |
A group of 40 people in ill-fitting Santa Claus outfits, many of them drunk, went on a rampage through Auckland, New Zealand, robbing stores, assaulting guards and urinating from highway overpasses, police said. A group of Santas objecting to the arrest of one of their group attacked security staff who were later treated by paramedics, police spokeswoman Noreen Hegarty said. The rampage was dubbed "Santarchy" by local newspapers.
December 12, 2005 |
A passenger who allegedly became agitated on a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu and charged toward the cockpit faces federal felony charges of interfering with a flight crew. Passengers and crew members overcame Santiago Lol Tizol, 37, of Mexico during the flight late Friday and restrained him. He was to appear in U.S. District Court in Honolulu today. He could get up to 20 years in prison if convicted.