Monday, October 30, 2006

MS: Man shot after breaking into house: "A teen that allegedly broke out a window in an occupied home got more than he bargained for Wednesday morning. Charles Edward Noble, 18, was later arrested on charges of robbery with a deadly weapon, but not before a visit to the hospital. "The complainant was laying in bed," Police Chief Mike Mullins said. "An unknown subject knocked out the window near his bed and yelled at him to lay on the floor."The resident of the house at 10B Shaw St., then reached for a handgun and fired three shots, Mullins said."He heard a scream in pain and called the police," Mullins said. The resident later found the front door to the house partially open, and officers found a tennis shoe outside the window."

City carves out an exception to State law: "Columbus. The Public Property, Safety and Works Committee voted to keep an ordinance banning concealed weapons within city limits during its meeting Monday. The committee also discussed the state's new Concealed Handgun Permit Act, but voted to hold the issue in committee. The act, LB 454, passed by the state Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Dave Heineman will allow people to carry concealed handguns in Nebraska beginning Jan. 1, 2007. They would first have to qualify for a concealed-carry permit, which includes passing a background check and completing a firearms training and safety course approved by the Nebraska State Patrol. Police Chief William Gumm encouraged the committee to keep the ordinance in place without amendment. “The act does not supersede a city's current ordinance,” Gumm said. “The city of Columbus has had an ordinance prohibiting (concealed weapons) since at least 1963, and I am presented with no compelling reason to amend or change the ordinance.”

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