Saturday, February 18, 2006


IN: No charges in intruder killing : "Criminal charges will not be filed against a South Bend man who shot and killed an intruder during a botched robbery. ... The homeowner, 79-year-old Donald Van Dusen, shot Phoenix Coalmon. Coalmon later died at the hospital. Police say Coalmon planned on robbing Van Dusen's home. However, during a struggle between the two men, Van Dusen was stabbed. At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Prosecutor Mike Dvorak said he felt there was no need to file charges. 'All indications are we will not be charging Mr. Van Dusen. (However), the investigation is not complete,' said Dvorak Tuesday. Investigators have not had an opportunity to interview Van Dusen, but family members say his health is improving. He remains in the hospital recovering from his stab wounds."

Americans take personal protection more seriously than ever: "Americans are feeling the need for gun ownership to protect themselves like never before. This trend started with the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. 'For decades, Americans have been brainwashed into taking a passive role in their own survival,' says Chris Bird, a journalist and handgun expert. 'On Sept. 11th, we learned that the government and the professionals could not protect us.' Bird is so convinced of the need for people to take their protection seriously that he wrote a book titled, The Concealed Handgun Manual: How to Choose, Carry, and Shoot a Gun in Self-defense."

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