Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Pennsylvania: Elderly Woman Grabs Gun, Holds Would-Be Burglar At Bay: "An 85-year-old great-grandmother from Lake Lynn, Fayette County kept an alleged burglar at bay using a .22-caliber pistol. According to police, a 17-year-old suspect was attempting to burglarize Leda Smith overnight. That's when Smith grabbed her gun and told the teen that she would shoot him if he moved, police said. "I had the gun on him before he turned around and said, 'you've had it,' " Smith told Channel 11-News. According to police, Smith ordered the boy to dial 911 and then gave him some advice. "Dial 911 and don't attempt to throw the phone at me, or do anything bad or i'll just shoot you," Smith said. When police arrived, they took the teen into custody. Charges have been filed against the boy and an alleged accomplice."

Indianapolis: 2 Shot In Apparent Apartment Break-In: "Two people were shot in a home break-in early Monday morning at an apartment complex on Indianapolis' east side. Indianapolis Metro police were called to 42nd Street and Post Road just after 1 a.m. Police said they found two men had been shot. One was believed to be a resident of the apartment complex and the other was possibly an intruder, officers said. The resident was struck in the head and the other man was hit in the chest. Their injuries were believed to be serious but not life-threatening. "There was possibly a break-in through the rear of the house," said IMPD Detective Kevin Duley. "Two occupants were in the apartment at the time of the break-in." Police said they think the two men traded shots. The other resident who was not hurt was questioned as police hoped to determine if any other people were involved."

Vermont man shoots axe-wielder: "Kyle Bolaski, 24, told police he thought he was the one who was going to be killed. Bolaski says that's why he pulled out a high-powered rifle from his truck and fatally shot Vincent Tamburello, 32. The shooting happened at a ball field in Chester Sunday. According to court documents, the victim was armed with an axe, and went to the field looking to settle a score from a day earlier-- Tamburello had gotten into a fight with one of Bolaski's friends. Court papers say that when Tamburello showed up a the field, Bolaski and several other people confronted him. Police say Tamburello began to chase Bolaski with the axe. "He is able to get a gun out of the truck, and he is pleading with the decedent to stay away. There is one shot fired," Bolaski's lawyer Kevin Griffin said. Papers state that Bolaski hit the victim in the leg with that bullet. Prosecutors say that shot was justified because there was "adequate provocation." But Sand says that after the victim was hit once, Bolaski did not need to fire a second shot. Bolaski also faces an aggravated assault charge because papers state he hit the victim in the face with the butt end of his gun after the second shot was fired"

Pro-gun group to lobby CU regents: " A student group will try to persuade the University of Colorado regents this week to loosen the school's gun-control rules and allow those with handgun permits to pack heat on campus. The Colorado Springs chapter of the Students for Concealed Carry on Campus argues that gun-free zones on college campuses translate into a ban on self-defense. The group's petition argues: "Gun-free zones have proven ineffective. Criminals do not respect gun-free zones any more than they respect human life. Gun-free zones only disarm victims." The group is making its pitch to the regents as colleges across the country grapple with how best to increase campus safety following deadly shootings at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University. A proposed change to the university law surrounding firearms could pick up some traction on the conservative-heavy CU board, if one of the regents decides to take it up as an issue."

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