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May 3, 2013 | By Jessica Gresko, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
April 28, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
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.
SPORTS
April 19, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
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.
NEWS
April 12, 2013 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 10, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
February 25, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 15, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A federal judge is to decide Friday whether international kidnapper David Matusiewicz should be sent back to prison - but she could make that decision without even mentioning the shootout that left his ex-wife, her friend, and his father dead. Thomas Matusiewicz opened fire Monday in the New Castle County Courthouse, killing Christine Belford and her friend Laura Mulford and injuring two Capitol Police officers before taking his own life, according to Delaware State Police. State police have not filed charges, but in a search warrant served Tuesday , investigators listed David Matusiewicz and his mother, Lenore, as willing accomplices in the slayings.
NEWS
February 14, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota man accused of standing in the street and firing at passing cars - killing a 9-year-old boy - had roughly 200 rounds of ammunition stuffed into his jacket pocket, a backpack and the fanny pack he was wearing when arrested, prosecutors said Wednesday. Nhan Lap Tran, 34, was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder and other counts in Monday's shootings in the St. Paul suburb of Oakdale. Fourth-grader Devin Aryal died in the shootings, and his mother and another woman were injured.
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