Sunday, April 01, 2007

Alabama woman holds suspected burglar: "A mother who had just dropped off her daughters at school Wednesday morning held a suspected robber at gunpoint after she returned home to find him in her south Mobile driveway, Mobile police said. Lelia Richardson left her Parkway Drive home at about 7 a.m. to take her two daughters to school, police spokesman Officer Eric Gallichant said Thursday. When she returned about 50 minutes later, she saw an unfamiliar car under her carport and the door to her home open. The door frame was busted and splintered from where someone had apparently kicked it in, Richardson said. "That's when I knew exactly what was going on," Richardson said. "I called 911 before I got out of the car and then I got my pistol ... just in case he tried to do something to me." Richardson pulled into her driveway and blocked in the unknown car and a man she had "never seen before in my life" walked out of her home, she said. "I saw him coming out of the house, and he walked up toward me to see who I was and that's when it all happened," Richardson said. Richardson asked the man who he was, and he told her that he lived there, she said. "I said, 'Not unless you moved in during the last hour,'" Richardson said. The woman drew her pistol -- "I always carry it for protection," she said -- and told the man not to move until police arrived. "He told me, 'Please don't shoot,' and he said he was going to put everything he took back in (the house)," Richardson said. "And he did. He put it all back in my den." Richardson kept her weapon drawn while the man returned her things, she said, and kept her pistol on him until officers arrived and arrested him... Jedadhai Powell, 20, of Mobile, was charged with third-degree burglary and second-degree marijuana possession, Gallichant said."

Man in N.C. hospital after being shot: "An Axton man is in fair condition at a North Carolina hospital after he was shot Thursday night, an official said. Herbert Howard Cline, 23, suffered a gunshot wound to his back following a dispute in Axton, said Lt. Kimmy Nester of the Henry County Sheriff's Office. Cline was taken to Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County and then was transferred to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. Investigators have talked with a person who admitted to firing shots in self-defense after seeing Cline pull a weapon, Nester said. That person has not been charged because authorities are still investigating the shooting."

Nebraska shooting investigation leads to burglary charges : "The investigation into the shooting death of 37-year-old David Allen of North Platte unexpectedly led police to solve a string of recent burglaries. Allen was allegedly shot to death by Tiffany Howell, 19, at 2801 West Ninth Street in North Platte March 21. The police said Allen entered the trailer house of Howell's boyfriend and that Howell shot him several times with a Ruger Mini-14 .223-caliber rifle. Howell ran to a neighbor's house, dropping the rifle in the back yard. While investigating the shooting, police discovered at least 24 items that they suspected had been stolen from various businesses recently. The police, who had been investigating the burglaries, realized that the merchandise stored at the crime scene might be stolen loot from the burglaries. The owner of the trailer, who rented the trailer to Howell's boyfriend, told the police that Mitchell T. Pappas had asked him if he could store the merchandise there. The investigation revealed that the merchandise was allegedly stolen from area businesses. The police investigated and learned that Pappas had allegedly been bragging about doing the break-ins. Pappas was charged with burglarizing Kohler Trailer Sales, 3821 Rodeo Road on November 10; Troyer Enterprises, 702 N. Bailey on November 20 and Racing Components at 302 West Eugene on December 14, 2006. Pappas could face a maximum 60-years imprisonment if convicted of all three crimes. He is being held in the Lincoln County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

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