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.
April 10, 2013 |
A man wrongfully jailed for 10 months in the slaying of a minister's son filed a civil rights suit on Tuesday against Delaware County, the City of Chester, and the detectives involved in the investigation. "We believe this was a egregious failure to investigate this incident," said Joseph S. Oxman, attorney for Tahmir Craig, who was released from jail last month after prosecutors acknowleged he had been charged mistakenly in the Memorial Day shooting. District Attorney Jack Whelan said the lawsuit suit was not unexpected; Craig's attorney had made his intentions known when he was released.
March 29, 2013
NEWTOWN, CONN. - When Adam Lanza walked out of his house for the last time, he left behind firearms, knives and more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition - taking only four guns. They would suffice. Warrants released Thursday provide the most insight to date into the world of the 20-year-old gunman, a recluse who played violent video games in a house packed with weaponry. The inventory of items taken from the home included books on autism, a vast array of weapon paraphernalia and images of what appears to be a dead person covered with plastic and blood.
February 25, 2013 |
For about two weeks, it seemed that Chester County sheep owner Gabriel Pilotti would not have to worry about charges for shooting and killing two dogs belonging to a neighbor after he found them on his property. Now, he does. Amid a growing uproar, Chester County District Attorney Thomas P. Hogan on Friday charged Pilotti, 72, of Chester Springs, with two counts of cruelty to animals and one count of recklessly endangering another person. He did so, he said, after further investigation concluded that Pilotti's actions were not shielded by a state law that permits the execution of dogs attacking domestic animals.