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FLASHBACK: Army Rangers engage in 300-round shootout with Crips gang on US soil

The smell of sizzling hamburgers filled the air on a pleasant September evening in 1989. Neighbors and their children socialized in the yard of Staff Sgt. Bill Foulk's Ash Street fixer-upper. Then a car rolled up in front of the Tacoma, Washington, house and a gang member fired a shot into the air. Suspecting more bullets were on the way, Foulk called his Army base for backup.  BATTLE FOR ARMY ACCOUNTABILITY CONTINUES, SAYS FIRST SOLDIER… [...]

Georgia man charged with murder after allegedly killing ex-girlfriend, burning her body

A Georgia man was arrested and charged with murder after he allegedly killed his ex-girlfriend and burned her body in a car. Officers with the Gwinnett County Police Department conducted a welfare check on Thursday at Rubi Maldonado Nava's home in Lawrenceville at Club Lakes Parkway, but she was nowhere to be found, according to Fox 5 Atlanta. Police then began searching for Nava. They spoke to people who knew her.  Police said they received… [...]

Nashville school shooting: Officers who took out suspected Covenant shooter identified

The two police officers who fatally shot the suspect of the Covenant School shooting in Nashville on Monday have been identified. Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief John Drake said Officer Rex Englebert and Officer Michael Collazo fired at the 28-year-old Audrey Elizabeth Hale "and fatally wounded her," bringing an end to a shooting that left six victims, including three children, dead. Officer Englebert is a four-year MNPD veteran and Officer Collazo is a nine-year MNPD veteran.… [...]

Tennessee shooting: Nashville police release security camera footage of Covenant school attack that killed 6

The Metro Nashville Police Department released security camera footage Monday evening that shows a school shooting at The Covenant School, where the suspected shooter, 28-year-old Audrey Hale, killed six people earlier in the day. The video starts with an exterior camera showing Hale driving her silver Honda Fit through the shared parking lot of the school and Covenant Presbyterian Church at approximately 9:53 a.m. local time. Hale then parks the vehicle just outside the scope… [...]

Austin murder trial begins for Army sergeant who claims he shot armed protester in self-defense in 2020

The murder trial for an Army sergeant who shot and killed a protester during demonstrations in the summer of 2020 began on Monday in Austin, Texas.  The shooting occurred during Black Lives Matter demonstrations that erupted across the Texas state capital and the rest of the United States nearly three years ago.  Sgt. Daniel Perry, who was stationed at Fort Hood at the time, was driving for Uber to make extra money in downtown Austin… [...]

Texas scientists name newly discovered ancient beaver after Buc-ee’s, the state's wildly popular rest stop

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have named a newly discovered species of ancient beaver after Buc-ee’s, the chain of convenience stores known for its namesake mascot.  The new species is called "Anchitheriomys buceei," or "A. buceei" for the rest of us.  Research associate Steve May of the UT Jackson School of Geosciences, told UT News the name was inspired by the beaver’s Texas connection and a chance encounter with a Buc-ee’s billboard… [...]

NYC man sentenced to 25 years to life for fatal Long Island home invasion

A Long Island, New York, judge sentenced a man to 25 years to life on Monday after a jury found him guilty of murdering a man during a home invasion in November 2018. Ade N’Gaii, 39, was convicted by a jury for his part in the murder of Kristopher Appel, 30, of Patchogue, during a home invasion. During the trial, the prosecution presented evidence that placed N’Gaii at the crime scene on Nov. 2, 2018,… [...]

Texas DPS troopers to patrol in Austin amid city's police staffing crisis

The Texas Department of Public Safety is partnering with the City of Austin to provide law enforcement services after failed policing policies in the state's capital have resulted in fewer officers and increased crime. Austin leaders announced the partnership in a press release on Monday, saying they expect safety and police times to improve, traffic fatalities to decrease and crime to drop. Texas DPS has agreed to provide state troopers and agents to focus on… [...]

Louisiana police helicopter crash kills 2 officers

Two Baton Rouge police officers died Sunday when their helicopter crashed into a sugarcane field, Louisiana authorities said. The Robinson R-44 helicopter went out at 2 a.m. to help with a pursuit and never returned, local media reported. The aircraft's disappearance wasn't noticed for several hours, when a search was launched. The wreckage was found before 11 a.m. The names of the officers have not been released. DO WOMEN FEEL SAFE IN NEW ORLEANS? LONG-TIME… [...]

New Mexico community to resume police services after 3 year gap

Residents of a small northern New Mexico community will soon see police officers patrolling the streets in vehicles marked with the village's name for the first time in three years. The Questa Police Department is scheduled to reopen April 1 with four police officers led by the village's new police chief, Ronald Montez Jr. The Taos News was the first to report the police department's expected return. Home to about 1,700 residents, Questa is about… [...]

New investigation accounts for remains of US airman whose plane was shot down in Germany

The remains of a U.S. airman whose plane was shot down over Germany during World War II have been accounted for, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Monday. U.S. Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Edgar L. Mills, 25, of Tampa, Florida, was shot down July 18, 1944, during a bombing raid on enemy aircraft and air defense installations around Memmingen, Germany, the agency said in a news release. The pilot of the B-17G ordered the… [...]

Wisconsin senior gets 10 years for 1986 killing, county's oldest unsolved case

A Racine man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for the 1986 killing of a young woman whose body was found in a swamp at a Green Bay nature area. Lou A. Griffin, 67, pleaded no contest Jan. 27 in Brown County Circuit Court to a charge of homicide by reckless conduct, and a judge found him guilty. Griffin originally was charged in October 2020 with first-degree intentional homicide in Lisa Holstead’s killing.… [...]

Van crashes into northern Maine living room killing 2 people

A van crashed into a house in northern Maine, and both the motorist and an occupant of the home died, police said. Both people were pronounced dead at the scene Saturday evening after first responders were told that a vehicle spun out of control on a curve and crashed into the home. MAINE DEMOCRATS IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE PUSH FORWARD WITH 2-PART 'BASELINE BUDGET' State police, who joined the investigation, declined to provide the victims'… [...]

Lake Tahoe casino shooting kills 1, brings heavy police response

A shooting in a Lake Tahoe casino left one man dead and prompted an active-shooter response by area authorities before the arrest of an alleged assailant and a woman in a vehicle not far away, a sheriff reported Saturday. Deputies responding to a 911 call shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday found a 32-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the head in a bar at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Stateline and summoned… [...]

US lawsuit seeks to protect habitat of endangered corals

An environmental group filed a lawsuit Monday accusing the U.S. government of failing to protect 12 endangered coral species across the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean that have been decimated by warming waters, pollution and overfishing. The Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity said it filed the lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service more than two years after the agency proposed to protect more than 6,000 square miles worth of coral habitat but never did… [...]

Fishermen admit to stuffing catches with fillets, lead weights to win Ohio tournament

Two men accused of stuffing fish with lead weights and fish fillets in an attempt to win thousands of dollars in an Ohio fishing tournament last fall pleaded guilty Monday to charges including cheating. The cheating allegations surfaced in September when Lake Erie Walleye Trail tournament Director Jason Fischer became suspicious when the fish turned in by Jacob Runyan, of Broadview Heights, Ohio, and Chase Cominsky, of Hermitage, Pennsylvania, were significantly heavier than typical walleye.… [...]

Tennessee freeway crash kills 6 youths thrown from car

A car crash killed six young people, including a 1-year-old infant, after they were ejected from their vehicle early Sunday on a freeway in middle Tennessee, authorities said. Two adults were injured, one of them critically. Emergency crews found a car upside down with extensive damage when they responded at about 2 a.m. to the crash site in Robertson County, said Brent Dyer, chief of the county's emergency management services office. First responders found six… [...]

Family of Kansas toddler killed by police files federal lawsuit

The family of a toddler who was fatally shot by a police officer during a standoff last year between her father and law enforcement has filed a federal lawsuit over her death. Kansas authorities have said that 2-year-old Clesslyn Crawford was shot by a Joplin, Missouri, police officer during a confrontation March 26, 2022, in Baxter Springs. CHICAGO-AREA BOY, FAMILY REACH $12M SETTLEMENT OVER POLICE SHOOTING The Kansas Bureau of Investigation had said Crawford's 37-year-old… [...]

Nashville school shooter Audrey Hale: Who is 28-year-old transgender former student who opened fire at school

Nashville police identified the shooter who opened fire on Monday morning at The Covenant School as 28-year-old Audrey Hale, a transgender former student at the private Presbyterian school.  Three children and three adults were murdered in the shooting: Evelyn Dieckhaus, 9, Hallie Scruggs, 9, William Kinney, 9, Cynthia Peak, 61, Katherine Koonce, 60, and Mike Hill, 61. Nashville police chief John Drake identified Hale as a transgender woman on Monday afternoon, but Hale listed "He/Him"… [...]

Freight train carrying iron ore derails in Mojave Desert

A freight train carrying iron ore derailed in a remote area of the Mojave Desert on Monday but there were no injuries, authorities said. The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District said in a tweet that "numerous" cars derailed but did not give a specific number. ANOTHER POWERFUL PACIFIC LATE-SEASON STORM APPROACHING CALIFORNIA "No current threat to the area," the tweet said. The derailment site was in the Mojave National Preserve near Kelso Depot, a… [...]

California zoo recovers 5 of 6 birds that escaped storm-damaged aviary

California's Oakland Zoo has recovered all but one of six birds that flew the coop last week when a tree fell during a storm and damaged an aviary. A pied crow named Deauville was captured Saturday after an Oakland resident a few miles from the zoo reported that the distinctive black-and-white bird was in her yard, according to the zoo's social media posts. Zookeepers lured the bird into the home and quickly shut the door… [...]

Ohio man pleads not guilty in fiancée's 2011 homicide

The fiancé of an art student who went missing nearly 12 years ago pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder in her death during his initial court appearance Monday. OHIO MAN CHARGED IN FIANCÉE'S 2011 DISAPPEARANCE, MURDER Bail was set at $1 million for John Carter, 34, of Hamilton, who was arrested Wednesday and remains in the Butler County Jail. A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for April 4. The charges stem from the… [...]

Philadelphia officials report no chemicals in water after nearby spill

Philadelphia water officials say they are monitoring water quality closely and have seen no sign of contamination following a chemical spill into the Delaware River in a neighboring county. Bucks County health officials said Sunday that a leak late Friday evening at the Trinseo Altuglas chemical facility in Bristol Township spilled between 8,100 and 12,000 gallons of a water-based latex finishing solution. Officials said it is non-toxic to humans, and no known adverse health effects… [...]

California shooting at Sikh temple during religious celebration leaves two wounded: sheriff’s office

Two people were wounded in a shooting at a Sikh temple during a religious festival in Sacramento, California Sunday, according to authorities. The Nagar Kirtan festival began at 9 a.m. Thousands of worshippers and spectators attended the Gurdwara Sahib, a Sikh temple, located at 7676 Bradshaw Road, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said.  Around 2:30 p.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting on the temple grounds. Arriving officers found two men suffering from gunshot wounds. … [...]

Nashville school shooting: 6 killed including 3 students, shooter dead

A shooting at a Tennessee private Christian grade school left three students and three adults dead, including the head of the school, Monday and the shooter was killed by police, authorities said.  The victims were killed in the attack at the Covenant School, authorities said. Nashville police say officers engaged with and killed the shooter, identified as a 28-year-old female carrying two "assault-type rifles" and a handgun. The shooter was identified as Audrey Elizabeth Hale,… [...]