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Woman accused of providing gun used to kill Colorado prisons chief

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation agents on Wednesday arrested a woman accused of illegally transferring the gun authorities say was used to kill Colorado’s prisons chief. Investigators believe Stevie Marie Vigil, 22, of Commerce City, legally bought the firearm from a licensed dealer in the Denver suburb of Englewood and transferred it to Evan Ebel, who was a felon who couldn’t legally possess a firearm, the CBI said. Ebel is suspected in the shooting deaths of Colorado Department of Corrections head Tom Clements on March 19 and of Nathan Leon, who was shot March 17 while working as a pizza delivery driver in the Denver area. Ebel died after a shootout in Texas last week. El Paso County, Colo., sheriff’s investigators have said the gun Ebel used in the shootout was the same weapon used to kill Clements when he answered the front door of his home. Continue Reading →

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Washington home catches fire during standoff with shooting suspect

Fire has engulfed at a house on the coast of Washington state where a standoff has been under way since Wednesday with a man suspected of shooting and injuring a police officer. Video from KOMO and KIRO TV showed the home in Hoquiam on Grays Harbor was fully engulfed in flames before dawn Thursday as firefighters arrived. Video also showed police withdrawing a robot that had been used in the standoff. There’s no immediate word on the man who was holed up on the second floor of the home. Police say he shot an officer who attempted to arrest him Wednesday on an outstanding warrant. Continue Reading →

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Fire engulfs Wash. house during standoff with man

Fire has engulfed at a house on the coast of Washington state where a standoff has been under way since Wednesday with a man suspected of shooting and injuring a police officer. Video from KOMO and KIRO TV showed the home in Hoquiam on Grays Harbor was fully engulfed in flames before dawn Thursday as firefighters arrived. Video also showed police withdrawing a robot that had been used in the standoff. There’s no immediate word on the man who was holed up on the second floor of the home. Police say he shot an officer who attempted to arrest him Wednesday on an outstanding warrant. Continue Reading →

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Bail raised for teen accused of hate-crime attack

Bail has been raised nearly sevenfold to $520,000 for a teenager facing hate crime allegations in the brutal beating of a Northern California man. Prosecutors on Wednesday detailed the injuries, including a fractured skull, suffered by Lawrence “Mikey” Partida in the early hours of March 10 in Davis. The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/10fYoiy ) 19-year-old Clayton Daniel Garzon is accused of using anti-gay slurs during the alleged attack. Garzon appeared in Yolo Superior Court on felony battery and threat charges with hate crime enhancements. Prosecutors argued Garzon is a danger to the community and a risk to flee. Continue Reading →

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Worker denies drinking old whiskey at Pa. mansion

The former live-in caretaker of a southwestern Pennsylvania mansion is denying he drank 52 bottles of well-aged whiskey, saying it wouldn’t have been safe to drink and “evaporated” instead. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/16jQrhx ) reports 63-year-old John Saunders issued that denial outside a district judge’s courtroom on Wednesday. It came after his preliminary hearing on theft and other charges was postponed until May 15 so he could apply for a public defender. Owner Patricia Hill found the Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey in a century-old Georgian mansion she bought last year and says an expert appraised it at more than $102,000. Scottdale police charged Saunders with stealing the whiskey — by drinking it — after his DNA was found on some empty bottles. Continue Reading →

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Police say bodies found near Florida golf course were of a mother and daughter

Police say two bodies found near a Tallahassee golf course were those of a woman who shot her young daughter and herself. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday identified them as 22-year-old Jenna Porter and 3-year-old Scarlett Porter. Golfers found their bodies early Tuesday evening at Hilaman Golf Course. The golfers called 911 and stayed on the scene until deputies arrived. The sheriff’s office says the mother and daughter lived in an apartment complex close to where their bodies were found. Continue Reading →

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Georgia woman's lost camera washes ashore in Taiwan

A Georgia woman has been reunited with her camera and photos after the camera she lost during a 2007 trip to Hawaii washed ashore in Taiwan. Lindsay Scallan says she was on a scuba diving trip when she lost her camera during a night dive. Scallan tells WGCL-TV she recently got a Facebook message from a high school friend saying his wife found an article on a Hawaiian television station’s website about a lost camera. Scallan says a China Airlines employee found the camera and says all the images were still on the memory card. The airline has offered to pay for Scallan to travel to Taiwan to retrieve her camera and meet the man who found it. Continue Reading →

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Protesters march against Chicago school closures

Hundreds of teachers, parents and opponents have marched through downtown Chicago, vowing to fight a plan to close 54 Chicago Public Schools. Wednesday’s march came as Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s insisted he’s done negotiating and the closures are a done deal. Emanuel and schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett say closures in the nation’s third-largest district are necessary because CPS faces a $1 billion budget shortfall and has too many schools that are half-empty and failing academically. The closures are expected to save $560 million over 10 years in capital costs and $43 million per year in operating costs. About 30,000 students would be affected. Continue Reading →

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Beavers play key role in Utah fuel spill recovery-efforts

Talk about unlikely heroes. A group of at least six beavers at a Utah bird refuge have emerged as key players in helping contain a fuel leak that left half of them with severe burns. The Chevron fuel spill leaked about 27,000 gallons of crude oil into soil and marshes at Willard Bay State Park last week after a split in a Salt Lake City-to- Spokane, Wash. pipeline. The beavers’ dam blocked a hefty portion of diesel from rolling onto the bay, though it’s uncertain exactly how much, officials said. Continue Reading →

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