CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2013 |
Police officers in the Fontana Unified School District were armed recently with semiautomatic rifles, drawing sharp criticism and sparking an effort to ban such weapons on school campuses. The Colt military-style rifles, which cost about $1,000 each, are kept in safes when officers are on campus and will be used only in "extreme emergency cases" like the massacre in Newtown, Conn., Supt. Cali Olsen-Binks said. The district purchased the rifles in October and received them in December, before the tragedy in Newtown, where a gunman killed 26 people - 20 of them children - at an elementary school.
January 11, 2013 |
A young mother carried her baby, along with a loaded gun in a diaper bag, into a Philadelphia school where she had gone to sign up for classes, police said, one of two gun-in-school incidents reported in the city as the national debate on gun control raged in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre. In the second incident Thursday, a high school student hid a gun in his shoe, but it was found when he walked through a metal detector. His gun was not loaded. But the weapon carried by 21-year-old Kelly Jones in the bottom of her pink-and-white diaper bag was fully loaded, police say, and Jones -- who was accompanied by her aunt and her baby when she was caught with it -- now faces criminal charges.
December 17, 2012 |
Police in Indiana said they found a stockpile of 47 guns hidden throughout the home of a man who had threatened to set fire to his wife and then walk to a nearby elementary school and "kill as many people as he could. " Von I. Meyer, 60, was arrested at his Cedar Lake home Saturday on suspicion of felony intimidation, resisting arrest and domestic battery. Police in Cedar Lake, about 60 miles southeast of Chicago near the Illinois-Indiana state line, said they were called to the man's home after he threatened on Friday to kill his wife and open fire at Jane Ball Elementary School, located less than 1,000 feet from his home and connected by a series of trails through a wooded area.
December 15, 2012 |
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The gunman in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history forced his way into a Connecticut elementary school, where he killed 26 children and adults before turning a weapon on himself, state police said Saturday, adding that they were continuing to search for evidence to explain how and why the rampage took place. “We're doing everything we need to do to literally peel back the onion, layer by layer,” State Police spokesman, Lt. J. Paul Vance told reporters at a news conference.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2012 |
A fistfight between two Narbonne High School girls that drew a crowd of onlookers Thursday ended abruptly when a school police officer shot a burst of pepper spray into the air, forcing 47 students to seek help with respiratory and eye irritation, officials said. Students described a frenetic scene at the Harbor City school as the last of the fire engines and ambulances left the campus. Those stung by the pepper spray rinsed their eyes, some briefly accepted oxygen from paramedics and others said they were feeling nauseated as they made their way to a nurse's office that quickly became overcrowded.
July 24, 2012 |
AURORA, Colo. - A little more than a week before the shootings at a crowded movie theater, it appears suspect James Holmes was already looking to beat a retreat from the small apartment where he lived, one that would soon be turned into an explosives-laced deathtrap. Half a block from his building - now surrounded by yellow police tape, with broken shards of glass dangling where windows used to be - Holmes had stopped to chat with neighbors, telling them he was looking for a new apartment.