Saturday, September 08, 2007

Florida burglar shot: "A man was shot in the leg by the owner of a home he was trying to break into Friday afternoon, police said. The suspect, who police say they are trying to identify, was shot at about 1:30 p.m. at a house on the 800 block of Long Island Avenue, said Sgt. Frank Sousa, a police spokesman. The suspect was taken to Broward General Medical Center for treatment, Sousa said."

New Mexico: Debt collectors shot, charged: "A shooting last week that left two Los Lunas men injured has been determined by deputies to be justified, and the pair are now facing multiple felony counts in connection with the incident. On Tuesday, Aug. 28, deputies found Arthur Lovato Jr. and Sean Viviani, both 23, suffering from gunshot wounds they received at a house in Tome. On Friday, Lovato was arrested. Viviani remains in the hospital recovering from his injuries. Deputies say Viviani will be taken into custody after he's released. Christanelli, who police say shot Lovato and Viviani, will not be charged, Gordon said. Instead, Lovato and Viviani have been charged with a total of 18 felony counts including aggravated burglary, two counts of armed robbery, extortion, attempted criminal sexual penetration, attempted aggravated burglary and several counts of accessory and conspiracy.... the Christanellis told deputies a few days after the shooting that they were in debt and were unable to pay their bill. The detective said Lovato and Viviani confronted the couple and demanded the money. Gordon alleged that when the Christanellis told them they didn't have it, Lovato and Viviani went inside and ransacked the house looking for money. They found a little more than $100, the detective said. The detective said when the two men walked outside and into the front yard, Viviani demanded the couple's cell phone, When Fred Christanelli told him no, both men allegedly threatened to sexually assault his wife, Gordon said. "They (Lovato and Viviani) were approaching the house again when Mr. Christanelli got a gun from inside his house and shot both of them at close range," Gordon said. "At that time, everyone fled the scene"

Texas: New law allows guns in vehicles: "A bill that becomes law Saturday allows law-abiding people to carry guns in their vehicles without a concealed handgun permit. House Bill 1815 passed unanimously in both houses of the Texas legislature, after which Governor Rick Perry signed it into law. HB 1815 was actually passed to clarify some issues left dangling by a similarly-enacted law in 2005, according to Wendy Hopper, Texas Senator Craig Estes' executive assistant. But, the wording in it still leaves room for improvement, said Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown."

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