Monday, October 05, 2009

OH: Man fires at would-be robber: "A resident wrestled with a would-be burglar Wednesday, then fired a shot that may have hit the fleeing man’s pickup, officials say. Edward Honerlaw, 55, of the 8200 block of West Chester Road, reported he was home alone around 2 p.m. when an intruder kicked in a rear door — so he armed himself with a handgun, a news release said. After a tussle, the suspect fled; Honerlaw fired at the truck. West Chester Township police have arrested Kyle P. Lightner, 22, of Bannon Court in Middletown. He has been charged with one court of burglary, a second-degree felony.”

TX: Homeowner ready for burglar: "A Corpus Christi man, who says he’s been burglarized the last two nights, took the law into his own hands Wednesday morning when a suspected burglar came back for a the third night in a row. It was around 2:30am when the Garza family heard what they thought was a burglar in their garage. Henry Garza says, ‘I was waiting for him, last night about 2 o’clock in the morning he came in, busted my door, in the garage, and got in it again. He run that away and that’s when I shot him.’ .. Garza thinks he shot the intruder in the back of the leg, but the suspect was able to get away. Garza says, "I know I hit him, cause he fell."

Assaults on the Second Amendment: "While Americans are still wary of making big purchases such as a new home, they are investing heavily in guns and ammunition. The sales are off the charts and this may have something to do with why the Founding Fathers, after protecting free speech, free press, and the right to peacefully assemble to protest, made the right to keep and bear guns the Second Amendment. Right after 9/11 Americans similarly went out and bought guns and ammunition. When Americans get scared, they get guns. The first months of the Obama administration have given many cause for concern that this president harbors totalitarian dreams.”

After finding antique pistols, she's loaded: "It sat on a shelf in the closet for years, a rosewood case containing two Civil War-era revolvers with ivory handles. The guns had been a gift from a friend to Sharlene Perez's late husband, but they held no sentimental value for her. So in June, she decided it was time to sell them. She slipped the case into a sturdy Lord & Taylor shopping bag and took a taxi six blocks to meet appraiser Greg Martin in midtown Manhattan, N.Y. She knew that there were engravings on the barrels, that the grips were monogrammed and that an inscription on the lid of the case indicated that townspeople in Watertown, N.Y., had given the guns to William C. Browne, a local man heading off to serve as a colonel in the Civil War. In her most optimistic moments, Perez hoped the guns might net $20,000. Instead, she "about keeled over," Martin said, when he told her the guns were Colt 1851 Navy revolvers and might be worth 10 times as much. He told her there would be an auction in Anaheim in September. He told her he would set the appraisal value at $125,000 to $250,000."

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