Monday, January 07, 2008

Michigan: Elderly Man Shoots Home Intruder: "An 82-year-old man on Detroit's northwest side shot and severely wounded an intruder who walked into his Collingwood Street home Sunday afternoon. Police said that the intruder, a 44-year-old man from Redford, was visiting friends in the neighborhood when he entered the home of Thomas Jackson, 82, and his wife. Jackson grabbed his gun and shot the intruder. Police are investigating why the man had entered the home, but a friend told Local 4 that the intruder has a history of mental illness "What he does, he's been known to go into people's houses and just sit down," said friend Charles Smith. "He don't know where he is. He'll go into people's cars and sit down, you know, follow strangers down the street." The intruder was listed in critical condition at Henry Ford Hospital Sunday evening."

Pennsylvania man charged with trying to enter home: "A College Township man faces criminal charges after he ignored an apparent warning shot while entering a State College home early Saturday morning. According to State College police, Nathan Wagner, 21, of 709 W. Cherry Lane, had broken a door window of a North Atherton Street residence about 2:30 a.m. and was trying to come inside when the homeowner confronted him with a shotgun and told him to leave. Wagner persisted, police said, and the homeowner fired a shot into an interior wall. Police, called by the homeowner's wife before the shot, said they arrived to find Wagner still trying to open the door. As Wagner was taken into custody, police said, he appeared intoxicated, registered a blood-alcohol content of .22 and told officers he thought he was at a friend's house for a party. Arraigned before District Justice Carmine Prestia, Wagner was charged with criminal trespass, criminal mischief, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. He was jailed at the Centre County Correctional Facility on $10,000 bail."

Alaska: Grizzly, 3 cubs killed on Kodiak Island: "A rabbit hunter fired his pistol at a charging grizzly bear on Kodiak Island, badly wounding the old sow, which was later killed, as were her three cubs. The hunter, whose name is not being released, was hunting rabbits near the American River on Friday about 15 miles outside Kodiak when the sow charged him, said John Crye, a wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, on Monday. The hunter, who was carrying two weapons, shot the bear when it was about 10 yards away. It was the second time in a week that hunters had encountered the family of bears. The last time it was one of the cubs that charged a father and son out duck hunting as the mother and the other cubs slept nearby. This time, the rabbit hunter was charged after he rounded a corner and surprised the sow, who was at least 25 years old. "A rabbit hunter was in the brush and kind of woke them up out of their beds," Crye said. "He felt threatened by the sow, so he shot the sow." The hunter immediately notified Alaska State Troopers and the Department of Fish and Game. Crye went with troopers to the site where the 8-foot, 400-pound sow lay barely alive. It was determined that she was too badly injured and would have to be killed, so she was shot again. Crye said the shooting was justifiable because the hunter felt threatened."

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