Saturday, April 22, 2006

WVA: Funeral director innocent in son-in-law's shooting: "A Fayette County funeral home director was found not guilty Monday of murdering his son-in-law. Larry Hess, who managed Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, never denied shooting Jerry T. Chesterfield. He fired five bullets from his Glock semi-automatic, and four of those struck Chesterfield. But Hess testified Monday that he shot his son-in-law in self-defense. 'I always kept the shell in the chamber,' he said. He said he had to keep firing because Chesterfield kept coming at him."

Louisiana: Good riddance to bad rubbish: "A man who kept beating his 3-year-old daughter even after St. Martin Parish sheriff�s deputies tried to use a police dog to stop the attack was shot to death, authorities said. State police, who were called in by Sheriff Ronnie Theriot to investigate, said the shooting occurred about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday outside a mobile home. Two deputies responding to a disturbance call ordered the man to stop hitting the girl before releasing the dog. The man was shot after the canine was unable to break up the attack, state police said. The child was taken to Lafayette General Hospital in critical condition. The man, whose identity was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene".

AZ: Gun bill among Napolitano's vetoes: "Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano vetoed a slew of Republican-approved bills Monday, including a National Rifle Association-backed gun bill and one that looks to have local police arrest illegal immigrants on trespassing charges. ... The governor also vetoed a bill that would have restricted her powers to limit gun and ammunition sales during a time of emergency. The NRA has been pushing similar bills in other states in the wake of attempted emergency powers being invoked in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Napolitano said the bill undermines emergency powers of the governor and state National Guard. Advocates argued the bill would protect Second Amendment rights during emergencies."

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