FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2015

Man Shot In City Of Washington
A Houston man was shot in the city of Washington Thursday night. Authorities say 22-year-old Malik El-Hajj Turner was shot in his right hand, outside of a home at 630 Fayette Street, around six-thirty. He was taken to Washington Hospital for treatment and has since been released. Police have not released the name of the suspected shooter, saying it may have been accidental and they're not yet sure if Turner plans to press charges. Police say they are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

W.Va. Man Facing First-Degree Murder Charge
FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) - Police in Fairmont say they plan to file a murder charge against a suspect wounded in a fatal domestic disturbance. The Times West Virginian reports that 56-year-old Jeffrey Hovatter of Newburg was receiving medical treatment Friday morning. Acting Fairmont Police Chief Steve Shine says the department plans to charge Hovatter with first-degree murder. Shine says officers could hear a woman screaming late Thursday night and that upon entering the house, they heard two gunshots from a room upstairs. After a hostage negotiator was unable to make contact with anyone inside the home, authorities stormed the room, found a deceased woman and an injured man. Authorities have not revealed details about Hovatter's injuries. The name of the victim hasn't been released.

Plane Part Under Examination
PARIS (AP) - French prosecutors say the piece of an airplane wing that was found on an island in the Indian Ocean may be brought to mainland France on Friday to be analyzed by French investigators. The piece may have come from the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared more than a year ago. French investigators have been carrying out their own probe of the disappearance because there were French citizens on board. And the wing piece was found on a French island. (photo: AP)

Amber Alert In Luzerne County
WILKES BARRE, Pa. (AP) - Authorities are looking for a 16-year-old who they say was abducted from her home in Wilkes Barre by a man who is considered armed and dangerous. Pennsylvania State Police issued an Amber Alert for Jena Patterson. They say she was taken from her home on East View Drive on Thursday night by 21-year-old Walter Lewis. Police say Lewis has a handgun. Police say the two left on foot but may be traveling in a red car.

Search For Missing Teens Will Be Suspended
MIAMI (AP) - The Coast Guard says it's suspending its search at sunset for two teenage fishermen who've been missing for a week. Capt. Mark Fedor says the search continues in the meantime and has been a 'true all hands on deck effort'. The 14-year-old boys, Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, went missing last Friday and their capsized boat was found Sunday. The Coast Guard has searched waters from South Florida up through South Carolina without success. The boys' families say they plan to continue a private search even after the Coast Guard's efforts end. The boys are described as consummate seamen who grew up on the water and spent much of their free time boating and fishing.

Church Shooter Pleads Not Guilty On All Counts
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A federal magistrate entered not guilty pleas on 33 federal charges, including for hate crimes, for a white man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a black church in Charleston. During Friday's hearing for 21-year-old Dylann Roof, his attorney told U.S. Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant that his client wanted to enter a plea of guilty to all the counts. But the lawyer said that because the government hasn't decided whether to seek the death penalty on some of the counts, attorneys could not advise Roof on the issue. Marchant then entered the not-guilty plea on all counts. Roof appeared in a gray striped prison jumpsuit, his hands in shackles. He answered yes several times in response to the judge's questions but otherwise didn't speak. Marchant also heard briefly from family members of victims of the June 17 attack.

More California Wildfires
LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) - Several new blazes have flared up in Northern California. The state's 14 large fires, mostly in the scorched northern half of the state, are pushing 7,000 firefighters to their limits as they battle flames in drought conditions. California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection says dozens of fires also started yesterday, but crews quickly corralled all but five of them. The biggest challenge is a fast-spreading blaze in Lake County, 130 miles north of San Francisco that's destroyed two homes.

How Many "Likes" Can We Get?
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his physician wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a baby. The co-founder of the world's largest social network used a Facebook post Friday to announce that Chan is pregnant with a healthy baby daughter. He didn't say when the baby is due. Zuckerberg also said the couple had suffered three miscarriages over the last two years. Zuckerberg acknowledged in his post that many people are reluctant to talk about miscarriages. But he said he and Chan decided to share the information after hearing from friends who had similar experiences and ultimately were able to have children. He said the couple hopes to encourage other parents who may be struggling with difficult pregnancies. (Photo: CNN)

 

Police Officer Wants His Job Back
CINCINNATI (AP) - A University of Cincinnati police officer who is charged with murder for shooting a motorist during a traffic stop is trying to get his job back through his union. Officer Ray Tensing was fired shortly after his indictment Wednesday on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter in the death of 43-year-old Samuel DuBose. Tensing pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on bail yesterday. His union has now filed a grievance against the university over his firing -- saying he didn't get a pre-disciplinary conference or a copy of the formal charges.

Police Searching For Three Bank Robbers
Authorities are continuing their search for three masked men who robbed a Bethel Park bank. Police say the three held-up the First Niagra Bank in the Hillcrest Shopping Center along Route 88 - around nine-thirty - getting away with an undisclosed amount of money. Police say they are looking for a tan or gold sedan with a Texas license plate reading "PCY 970." They say the car had some duct tape on one of its bumpers. (Photo: WPXI)

Boy Shot In Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Police say a 12-year-old boy is in critical condition after a shooting that wounded at least two others in Pittsburgh. Investigators say gunfire rang out around 10:45 p.m. Thursday. Police say a gunman approached the victims and started shooting. He fired multiple shots before taking off on foot. The 12-year-old boy is in critical condition at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Two others were treated for graze wounds.
No arrests have been made.

Homicide Suspect Captured
Police in Armstrong County announced this morning that an escaped inmate suspected of killing a woman after walking away from a work-release program has been apprehended. Armstrong County officials say 38-year-old Robert Crissman ran from the jail Thursday morning while delivering meals to other inmates. Sheriff William Rupert says Crissman walked outside to get the meals from a truck and took off. The body of 55-year-old Tammy Long was later discovered at a nearby home. District Attorney Scott Andreassi says authorities determined Crissman had visited Long's home but didn't say how she was killed. Officials say Crissman was in jail for violating probation on a drug charge and was trusted by staff. There were no violent crimes on his record.

Horse Trailer Crashes Near Youngstown
LAKE MILTON, Ohio (AP) - Travelers on a northeast Ohio highway say they found themselves acting as wranglers and veterinarians after a trailer crash killed a man and three horses. WFMJ-TV reports a pickup truck hauling a trailer of thoroughbred horses was changing lanes on Interstate 76 when it struck a car, rolled and hit a tractor-trailer Thursday in Milton Township, west of Youngstown. The State Highway Patrol says the driver who died was a 31-year-old man from Aiken, South Carolina. His dog and three of the 10 horses also died. As traffic came to a standstill, people nearby tried to help corral and calm the remaining injured horses. Dave Lescsak of Austintown says they also tried to bandage the animals' wounds. The horses were taken to farms for examination by a veterinarian.

Car Hits Barricade At U.S. Capitol
WASHINGTON (AP) - Police say they've charged the driver of a car that crashed into a barricade at the U.S. Capitol grounds entrance. U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Lt. Kimberly Schneider said in an email Friday that Antonio Pierorazio has been charged with felony destruction of property and unlawful entry. No information about his hometown was available. Police say the car was cleared of hazards and removed from the barricade. D.C. Fire Department spokesman Timothy Wilson says units responded, but no one was transported. Some streets in the area were closed temporarily, but the barricade has reopened. Photos from the scene show a maroon sedan with a crumpled hood that had apparently crashed head-on into the barricade.

Four Nominated For Federal Bench
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - President Barack Obama has nominated four veteran judges to serve on the federal bench in Pennsylvania. Judges Susan Paradise Baxter, Robert John Colville and Marilyn Jean Horan would serve in Pittsburgh and Judge John Milton Younge in Philadelphia. The president describes the nominees as distinguished judges with both integrity and an unwavering commitment to justice. Baxter has been a federal magistrate judge for the past 20 years. Colville has spent 15 years as a judge in Allegheny County. Horan has been on the bench in Butler County and Younge in Philadelphia for nearly 20 years. The nominees must first be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Beijing Awarded Olympic Games
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Beijing has been selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first city awarded both the winter and summer games. Beijing defeated Almaty, Kazakhstan, in a vote of the International Olympic Committee today. The voting numbers were not immediately released. The Chinese capital, which hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, came in as the favorite. Despite a lack of natural snow and winter conditions, Beijing was seen by the IOC as a reliable and safe choice. Almaty had hoped to bring the games to Central Asia for the first time and raise Kazakhstan's profile on the international stage.

Lynn Anderson Dead At 67
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Singer Lynn Anderson -- whose biggest hit was "Rose Garden" -- has died at the age of 67. The song earned her a Grammy, and she was the Country Music association's female vocalist of the year in 1971.

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