Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Florida: Would-be pizza parlor robber flees in face of .357 magnum: "The owner of a pizza parlor here shot at a would-be robber who came out of the bushes as the proprietor and an older relative were leaving the business, police said this morning. Manny Manolas, 41, told police that he and Clary Manolas, 63, were closing up Manny's Pizza at 487 S. Nova Road at about 11:40 p.m. Sunday when a man wearing a towel or a T-shirt over his head emerged from the bushes near Manolas' car, according to a report. The stranger brandished a gun and said, "Give me the bag and your money," according to the report. But Manolas wasn't about to surrender his cash and his receipts. He pulled out his own weapon, a .357 magnum revolver, and shot at the man, who ran toward a furniture store nearby, the report shows. Investigators are still looking for the suspect, described as a white male, between 18 and 25 years of age and about 170 pounds with a large circular tattoo -- possibly a sun -- on his right calf, police said."

Florida man shoots pit bull attacking his dog: "A man shot a pit bull Friday. He says it got loose and attacked his dog. The man, Anthony Dippolito, 49, will not be cited. The pit bull was euthanized at the owner's request, the Broward Sheriff's Office said. The pit bull trotted into Dippolito's yard on Northeast 39th Street just before 8:15 a.m., Dippolito said. He said he saw the pit bull's owner beating on the dog that had latched onto Crystal, Dippolito's 5-year-old mixed-breed boxer. Dippolito said he picked up a 10-pound satellite dish and bashed the pit bull several times, but the dog shrugged it off. He rushed into his bedroom and grabbed his .45-caliber handgun, then came back out and shot the pit bull in the rib cage. Dippolito said he was relieved that his dog suffered only some gashes and a quarter-sized hole in her neck, but he's sorry that he had to resort to shooting its attacker."

Arizona shootout, burglar dead: "Phoenix police found one man dead and another shot after responding to a residence near 91st Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road. At about 9 p.m. on Sunday, police received a call to a shooting at the residence, where they discovered a 25-year-old man with a gunshot wound and a 20-year-old man in another room dead from gunshot wounds, police said. The 25-year-old homeowner told police he was home alone when he saw three men in his backyard, armed and looking to break into the residence. The resident traded gunfire with the suspected intruders, resulting in the gunshot wounds. Two of the suspects fled the scene in a vehicle, police said. Police did not release information about the suspects or their vehicle as the investigation is ongoing."

Is it time for Federal reciprocity of conceal carry permits? : "Like a lot of people down here in Texas, I keep a gun close at hand. This usually means one in my vehicle and one on my person. I've kept one in my vehicle for nearly two decades and one on my person since 1998, when I got my first concealed carry permit. It's hard to beat the protection that my concealed carry permit affords my family and friends, even if they aren't armed. The fact that I am armed means they are safer when with me whether they realize it or not; and everything from annual FBI crime numbers to state-by-state statistics prove this to be so.However, when I drive outside the borders of Texas, I have to be careful. In many other states, I cannot keep a loaded gun in the car."

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