September 13, 2013 |
ANEL CUENAS, the man convicted in March of shooting a Philadelphia police officer in the leg during a 2010 traffic stop that turned into a shootout, was sentenced to 45 to 90 years in state prison yesterday. Officer Kevin Livewell, 33, who lost a piece of his left leg when Cuenas shot him on July 15, 2010, praised how the District Attorney's Office handled the case and how his partner and other officers backed him up at the chaotic Kensington crime scene. The 12-year veteran, who returned to work after a three-month recovery period, attended the sentencing hearing with his partner, Officer Brian Issel, 38. "I'm very happy with the outcome of the trial.
August 9, 2013 |
SAYLORSBURG, Pa. - If only he'd sought help. Legal assistance, housing help, food to put on his table. Then, people in Monroe County say, the man accused in the shootings at a township meeting might not have opened fire over a property dispute. "Somewhere along the line, he could have sought some type of [legal] advice," said Jim Mannello, publisher of West End Happenings, a newsletter that serves four townships, including Ross, where the deadly shooting occurred Monday night. "There are a lot of people with problems," Mannello said.
August 8, 2013 |
SAYLORSBURG, Pa. - The man accused of killing three people and wounding three others in a shooting rampage at a municipal building had a long-standing feud with township officials over his property and was heard to say, "I wish I killed more of them," officials said. Rockne Newell was being held without bail after the shootings Monday night in this rural community in the Poconos. He was stopped by two men who tackled him and held him to the ground, police said. "They are heroes," said Lt. Col. George Bivens of the state police.
July 30, 2013 |
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - November will bring a slew of JFK-related programming for the 50th anniversary of the president's assassination, but, so far, only one program I know of is identifying a Secret Service agent as a second shooter who accidentally fired the fatal shot. It's not the first time that the agent, the late George Hickey, has been named as the shooter: One contributor to the documentary, Bonar Menninger, identified Hickey as the shooter in his 1992 book, Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK , and was sued by him in 1995 (too late to avoid the statute of limitations, though St. Martin's Press did pay Hickey "a nominal sum," said Menninger, to forestall an appeal)
July 24, 2013 |
MILWAUKEE - A 76-year-old Milwaukee man who fatally shot his unarmed teenage neighbor was sentenced to life in prison Monday, days after telling the court he killed the boy for justice because he believed he stole his shotguns. John Henry Spooner's home had been burglarized two days before the May 2012 shooting, and he suspected 13-year-old Darius Simmons was the thief. So he confronted the teen, demanded that he return the guns and then shot him in the chest in front of his mother when he denied stealing anything.
June 9, 2013 |
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - The gunman who went on a chaotic rampage, killing four people before being fatally shot by police at a college campus, planned the attack and was capable of firing 1,300 rounds of ammunition, the police chief said Saturday. "Any time someone puts on a vest of some sort, comes out with a bag full of loaded magazines, has an extra receiver, has a handgun, and has a semi-automatic rifle, carjacks folks, goes to a college, kills more people, and has to be neutralized at the hands of the police, I would say that that's premeditated," Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said.
May 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - An Idaho man charged with trying to assassinate President Obama by shooting at the White House practiced with his weapon for six months and may have been upset about the country's marijuana policy, prosecutors said in a newly filed court document. Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez is awaiting trial for the 2011 shooting, which did not injure anyone but left more than five bullet marks on the Executive Mansion. Prosecutors filed a 14-page court document Tuesday that adds additional detail about Ortega-Hernandez, who allegedly shot at the White House the night of Nov. 11 while the president and first lady were away.
April 28, 2013 |
TYRIRK HARRIS' FAMILY tried to convince a Common Pleas Court judge to go easy on him, to recognize that he'd always been a good kid who never gave his folks any trouble. But in the end, there just wasn't any way of getting around the fact that on Valentine's Day a year ago, Harris, 28, shot his unarmed Tacony neighbor to death because of an argument. An argument over dog poop. A jury convicted Harris, 28, in February of third-degree murder for pumping six bullets into Franklin Manuel Santana, 47, when the two had an argument about Harris' German shepherd and Chihuahua defecating on Santana's lawn.
April 19, 2013 |
HOW FITTING for Doug Collins to draw upon Shakespeare in his final, melodramatic performance as Sixers head coach. A surprise playoff contender in his first two seasons, Collins ended Act III of his tenure by exiting stage left,where he will sit, for 5 years, now the power behind the throne. Collins will advise Josh Harris for $2 million, half of what he was going to make as coach next season. And thus, the production loses its star. Since his arrival, Collins, a former No. 1 overall pick of the franchise, has been center stage, the team's marquee draw.
April 12, 2013 |
Amanda Martinez was standing on a girlfriend's stoop in Kensington on Tuesday afternoon when the fighting started on Somerset Street. Martinez was on Water Street, a narrow one-way that runs into Somerset. She walked toward the commotion. "Leave it alone," a friend told her. "Don't go over there. " But Martinez wanted to take a look. There were about 20 to 30 people fighting on Somerset, police said, a melee that began between two women, then escalated to include men. According to witnesses and police, a man in the brawl fired a gun in the air, then another man fired into the crowd.